Pooja Jhaveri

During this time of the year, despite heavy rains in several parts of the country, many of us are busy prepping up to welcome Bappa in our homes amidst much pomp, fanfare and by cooking up a storm in our kitchen. With no signs of respite in the number of cases the state government has restricted public gatherings and constructing public pandals during the festivities many are looking innovative to have a low-key and safe celebration. However, for actress Pooja Jhaveri, this year is going to be super special, as she will be bringing home Ganpati for the very first time.

Pooja shares, “Over the years I was never able to bring home Ganpati as being a Jain the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi would usually collide with Samvatsari, the last day of paryushan (fasting). So I would be unable to bring home Ganesha. However, this year as Samvatsari won’t be celebrated with that much pomp I decided to finally bring home Bappa. Another reason I’m excited is because I will be bringing home Bappa for the first time in my new home (in Valsad, Gujarat).”

Pooja further adds, “With so much negativity going around I wanted to do something to help me stay calm and positive towards life. Hence this year I am observing fast for a total of 44 days at a stretch, with no food and just only warm water. As I have been living in Mumbai for years now, my pre-COVID routine will be regularly visiting Siddhivinayak temple on Tuesdays, during Ganesh Chaturthi and on January 1, for darshan. This year, I’ve already made an eco-friendly idol and will be keeping it home for 1 ½ days. As Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the last day of my fast ( paryushan) mom will be making all the bhog and I will take over that duty a day later.”