Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated in Western India with magnificent grandeur and pomp. The arrival of Lord Ganesha, the son of Mata Parvati, who is worshipped before any Divine body steps in.  As far as Ganesh puja is concerned, Mumbai shows and leads the way, but the entire India leaves no stones unturned showing their graciousness and devotion to Gaurinandan.

It’s celebrated during the month of Bhadrapada. It’s a ten-day festival also known as Vinayaka Chaturdashi. All these ten days, the deva is worshipped. Aarti is offered by the devotees three times a day and prepare the most adorable sweets – modak and laddu. Maharashtra celebrates this festival with great enthusiasm and vigor. There are arrangements of the unique cultural festival in societies and pandals are built temporarily to attract viewers.  Women are dressed in the bets of attire including colorful sarees, green bangles, and jewelry to welcome Bappa and serve the best.  Perhaps, this is the most significant culture attraction for any tourist visiting Mumbai.  Cultural program includes singers, dancers to perform in the group as well as solo. Various food, sweets, and fun-filled environment – in one word this is a time anybody will recollect his childhood memories and feel nostalgic. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated outside India wherever the Indian diaspora has gained roots. Rangoli competition, thali decoration, dance competition and other cultural activities become very important during this time.

There is an unsaid competition when it comes up to the height of Ganesh idols. Gigantic sized gods and mountain-sized deity is worshipped and then set for visarjan. Nowadays, the government has stressed a lot on eco-friendly Ganesha keeping the environment issues intact.  In fact, those idols worshipped at home could be immersed in a basin and then the water could be reused. A lot of business in India revolves around Ganesh Chaturthi.

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