In A Heartwarming Gesture, Pune Mandal Trades Grand Celebrations Of Ganesh Chaturthi For Treating A Local Boy

As the world gears up to celebrate the pious occasion of , people are diving into a festive mood especially in India. Each year, people spend hundreds of thousand in organizing the ceremonial retreat to commemorate this date. But the Navshakti Mitra Mandal of Navi Peth has taken the pride of this celebration to another level by cutting the costs for the celebration to help you a dear friend in need. 

The 56-year-old Mandal has taken a pledge to shrink their pandal to a quarter of its usual size and decided to do away with fancy lighting or DJs. All the money that they will save from this will be used for helping Satish Jori, a 22-year-old who is struggling for his life after a road accident a few days ago. Satish suffered a severe head injury during the accident and is currently being treated in a local hospital. Without any family, the members of the Mandal have become his guardian angels who are attending to his care 24/7. 

“Seeing his condition and informed of his background, four major hospitals in the city refused to take him in. We could finally admit him to a private hospital in Kothrud,” said Vilas Navadkar, Mandal president to Pune Mirror. “He lost his mother when he was small; his father also expired five years ago. Two years ago, he lost his only living relative — an uncle. He has no family and nobody to take care of him or bear his medical expenses. So, we decided to step in as his guardian and pay his medical bills; our Mandal workers are also taking turns to stay at the hospital until he is discharged,” said Nitin Paigude, a member of Navshakti.

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Each year the Mandal spends more than 5 lakh for organizing festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi. To cut down the costs, they moved the pandal from Ganjawe Chowk on Shastri Road to an old Ganesh temple in the neighborhood. The decor for the pandal has been kept simple and in contrast with the previous year, they have decided to let go of the artifacts, lighting and dhol-tasha troupes. “Simplicity will be our hallmark this year. Grand celebrations can wait until next year. While we will continue with cultural activities, we are pursuing the real spirit of the festival here — Bappa is our guide in espousing this cause,” said Santosh Thombre, another Mandal worker.

Satish was admitted to Devyani Hospital at Kothrud on Saturday when he was found bleeding on the floor of his house. Due to heavy bleeding, he developed had developed complications in his nervous system for which he required a surgery on Sunday. “He is recovering fast, but requires proper care and medication in the next few months,” said the main doctor attending to him after a successful surgery. Despite the fact that Satish was not a member of their Mandal, the association leaped on the chance to help him through this unfortunate accident. They said that they have watched him grow up in the same locality and didn’t have to think twice before pitching the funds for his healthcare. 

“We have saved over 80 percent of our Ganeshotsav funds to channel into his medical treatment. So far, we’ve spent Rs 1.5 lakh, and we are told we will have to fork out Rs 4.5 lakh in all for him,” told Navadkar.

It is heartwarming to see such humanitarian efforts made to support the people in need. In a time where everyone is celebrating the auspicious occasion with giant murtis of Lord Ganesha and enthralling parties, this community is the exact reason why such a festival is celebrated in our country in the first place.

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