Honouring the birth of the beloved Hindu God, Lord Ganesha, the magnificent festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.
This 10-day-long festival includes bringing home idols of Lord Ganesha and setting up pandals, followed by major festivities. This year, the celebrations will begin on 2nd September and conclude on 12th September.
While it is one of the most important festivals of Maharashtra, there are other parts of India that also celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. Have a look:
How the festival is celebrated across India:
Celebrated with utmost love and grandeur, Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra is a grand event. Devotees welcome Ganesh idols to their homes, host them for a few days and then immerse them in a water body. The celebrations on the streets with huge pandals include fairs and exhibitions, music performances, folk dances, film festivals, etc.
Known as ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ in Karnataka, this festival is celebrated differently here. Prayers are offered to Goddess Gauri-the mother of Lord Ganesha and married women seek blessings for long-lasting married life. The festival is celebrated at different temples of Karnataka where Lord Ganesha and Goddess Gauri are worshipped together.
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In Gujarat, Lord Ganesha is enthusiastically worshipped for 7-10 days in small temples and huge pandals. The capital city of Ahmedabad witnesses the immersion of idols in river Sabarmati and Kankaria Lake along with mantra chanting and devotional songs.
One of the most vivacious and joyful events in the city of Pune, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days. The top 5 Ganesh idols in Pune are Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati, Guruji Talim, Tulsi Baug Ganpati and the Kesariwada Ganpati. Another popular Mandal in Pune is the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati that designs a replica of popular monuments and temples of India.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, everyone 🙂