INDORE: In the vibrant city of Indore, an unmistakable air of anticipation and exhilaration fills the atmosphere as the calendar edges closer to the revered Anant Chaturdashi. This date isn't merely a square on the calendar; it's a resplendent celebration that the entire city eagerly awaits. What fuels this anticipation isn't solely the festival itself, but the magnificent processions that grace Indore's streets during this auspicious occasion. It's a time when the city's energy soars to its zenith. On the day when the Ganesh idols are ceremoniously immersed in water, grand processions take to the streets, accompanied by music, dance, and fervent celebrations in the form of mesmerizing tableaux.
The denizens of Indore eagerly anticipate the elaborate tableaux (jhankis) that will be an integral part of the Anant Chaturdashi procession set to take place this Thursday. This year, some of these tableaux are embarking on a century-long journey of captivating and entertaining the masses, showcasing their unbridled creativity.
Tableaux 1: Hukumchand Mill presents a captivating glimpse of Chandrayaan 3, depicting the successful lunar landing and other elements, effectively encapsulating modern India's achievements. The second tableau unveils Krishna Leela, while the third focuses on the divine Vaman Avtar.
Tableaux 2: Rajkumar Mill crafts a tableau where the enchanting tune of "lakdi ki kathi" will resonate, drawing the attention of children. The second tableau narrates the dramatic episode of Putana's attempt to harm young Krishna. The third tableau delves into the realm of spirituality, narrating the captivating story of Khatu Shyam.
Tableaux 3: The first offering from Malwa Mill carries a patriotic theme, featuring the iconic figures of Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, and other freedom fighters. The second tableau takes us into the heartwarming scene of Ram Darbar, and the third unravels the mystical encounter of Kaliya Naag with Lord Krishna.
Tableaux 4: Swadeshi Mill's first tableau elegantly portrays the three-part epic of Sita haran. The second tableau is a beautifully depicted narrative of the union of Shiv and Parvati, once again divided into three enchanting parts.
Tableaux 5: Kalyan Mill mesmerizes with a segment from the Ramayan, where Hanuman inquires why Sita applies sindoor, eventually leading to a symbolic act of applying sindoor on his own body. The colossal 18-foot-high idol of Hanuman is set to steal the spotlight. The second tableau gracefully showcases the divine Krishna rasleela.
Tableaux 6: The Indore Development Authority (IDA) takes pride in showcasing their developmental achievements with their first tableau, which highlights various ongoing projects, including the international swimming pool and other accomplished endeavors. The second tableau artfully depicts the birth of Lord Krishna, while the third pays homage to the indomitable Chatrapati Shivaji.
Tableaux 7: A groundbreaking feat awaits as the IMC incorporates 3D printing for the very first time in their tableaux. The initial tableau unveils the grand coronation of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, followed by a captivating representation of Chandrayaan 3, and the final tableau advocates for the noble cause of saving water and preserving the environment.
The procession is set to commence at 6:30 in the evening from Bhandari Mill (Chimanbag), where the collector will preside over the ceremonial pooja of the first tableau from Khajrana Ganesh Temple.