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With app & social networking,mandals go hi-tech

Khetwadicha Ganraj mandal of Girgaum Sunday launched a mobile application that will enable smartphone users to view darshan at the mandal.

Khetwadicha Ganraj mandal of Girgaum Sunday launched a mobile application that will enable smartphone users to view darshan at the mandal. The application,developed by the mandal,was launched mainly for the benefit of senior citizens and office-goers who are unable to participate in darshans,mandal office-bearers said.

Ganesh Mathur,joint secretary of the mandal,said,“Apart from CCTV cameras,six cameras will cover the event round-the-clock and relay the feed to our website where users can view the idol,the puja as well as the crowd. The application is available for free download.”

This Ganeshotsav,brihad.com will host photos,videos and news from all Ganesh mandals. “Our social networking site is an Indian version of Facebook that was launched last year. Brihad is a sanskrit term meaning ‘to grow for greater good’,” said Pramod Loke,CEO of brihad.com. The website requires users to create an account and sign in.

He added that the social networking site had approached 126 mandals across Mumbai and Thane to register with them. Mandals will have to register with the website by Monday morning to be able to post further updates,he said. “Many of the mandals we approached were reluctant to move from Facebook to a new site. However,69 Ganesh mandals have registered with us. These include four from Thane,three from Dombivali and two from Virar,” said Loke.

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According to the developers,the site will be beneficial to outsiders who come to Mumbai for taking part in darshans. There are sections like ‘How to Reach’ that will help track a Ganesh mandal. “This will be a one-stop place for all mandals to upload events of the day. We also have a section which will list the themes taken up by each mandal,while also tracking visits by film stars and famous personalities.

Ganesh Mandal committee secretary Girish Walawalkar said,“In a couple of years,the site should garner at least 5,000 Ganesh mandal users. The site has been designed keeping in mind the necessary security measures at Ganesh Mandals and hence,there is no question of compromising on security.”