It’s the festival that every Mumbaikars await to celebrate. And not just in Mumbai, the elephant-headed God marks the beginning of the festival season in India. From participating in Aarti at various pandals to worshipping Lord Ganesh at home with family and friends, the 10-day long festival is celebrated with much pomp and splendor as the elephant-headed God is believed to bestow luck and prosperity.
Like any other festival, no celebration is complete without decking up for the occasion. From dressing up in traditional ethnic clothes to wearing Maharashtrian style jewellery, the auspicious festival of Ganeshotsav is all about color and grandeur.
Our B-town celebs also celebrate this festival with fanfare. While many like Salman Khan and Nana Patekar are known for their grand celebrations at their respective homes, others too love to welcome the deity and take part in the festivities.
So what should be your look for the festival? Take cues from our Bollywood stars and unleash the shopaholic in you to get the desired look.
MARATHI MULGI: SHRADDHA KAPOOR
The pretty actress is half-Maharashtrian and she loves to sport the Marathi mulgi look during the Ganesh puja festivities. The classic look is all about traditional undertones like blue, yellow and maroon nine-yard saris with vibrant borders. It’s perfect for an informal evening aarti at home where you can play the hostess. Ensure that the sari is vibrant and is draped neatly. Make sure you wear the Kolhapuri pearl-Nath (nose ring) which is must-have fashion jewellery during the festival.
#LookThePart: A typical Nath is a special nose ornament worn by women during festivals and ceremonies.
PESHWAI NAUVARI DRAPE: PRIYANKA CHOPRA
It is also known as the Brahmini or Peshwai style of draping a traditional Nauvari sari. Worn typically during a dance set up, it has a long pallu and pocket like pleats that comes to the sides of the hip. Priyanka Chopra carried this style with ease in the film Bajirao Mastani in 2015 where she played Kashibai, the first wife of Baji Rao. With classic Chandni bindi, khopa (traditional bun) and dark eyebrows she looks resplendent in Kolhapuri Saaj (Maharashtrian Designer mangalsutra), Thushi (choker) and bajubandh.
#LookThePart: Deck up in a gold-pearl bib necklace teamed with a traditional Nauvari sari for an evening aarti.
An ethnic gem-encrusted necklace with matching earrings will look nice when matched with a Nauvari sari.
TRADITIONAL PAITHANI: MADHURI DIXIT
Remember Madhuri Dixit’s smoking hot Lavani number Humko Aajkal Hai Intezar (Sailaab)? The actress with a million-dollar smile can carry a traditional Maharashtrian look with elan and can make countless hearts skip a beat even today. There is something exceptional about la Dixit when she is dressed in a vibrant Nauvari or a Paithani, layered gold necklace, Designer Jhumka, and a stack of bangles.
#LookThePart: For a regal evening look, a statement three-layered Rani-haar looks stunning teamed with a traditional Paithani sari.
Stack up on style with this exquisite gold plated bangle to match your sari.
DESI COOL: KRITI SANON
We simply love Kriti Sanon’s desi cool avatar. The actress surely knows to work her ethnic glam in a lehenga-choli complete with smoky eyes and traditional long danglers for her Bareilly Ki Barfi promotions. If you want a no-fuss day look, opt for Sanon style lehenga with a sexy off-shoulder choli for morning aarti.
#LookThePart: Since tradition is the buzzword, a simple pair of danglers matching your lehenga is a perfect day look.
GLAM DOLL: KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN
Dressing for the festival doesn’t mean going overboard. Even a simple salwar kurta is the best choice for occasion wear. Look for motifs and embellishments on the dupatta. Kareena Kapoor Khan recently turned heads when she looked every bit a diva in a sea-green salwar by Anamika Khanna with an embellished dupatta. The look was complete with diamond earrings and ring.
#LookThePart: A simple pair of long earrings is all you need to complement your ethnic salwar-kurta look.
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(Guest Post by Sushmita Biswas
Author Bio: Sushmita Biswas is an independent journalist and loves meeting new people and doing creative things. She is someone who likes to see the funny side of life and appreciate the people who make life worth living. She is a go-getter and a firm believer in the mantra: ‘Never say Never.’ When she is not decoding lifestyle trends, she keeps a tab on Bollywood and interviews well-known personalities.)