“Ganpati Bappa Morya”, a chant that wouldn’t go amiss, even in the crowds of thousands. Experience the grandeur of traditions during the festival celebrated for 10 days in honor of the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha.
Started by Bhausaheb Rangari, and then followed by a movement by Lokmanya Tilak, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to institute a communal sense of brotherhood and harmony.
Families, friends, and various communities come together to worship and seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. The festivities take place in a series of occasions following active participation from devotees featuring dance, and drama enactments.
Bringing the Ganesha Idol Home with Great Devotion
During the festival, local markets are filled with colorful and vibrant Lord Ganesha idols, that devotees can place in marquees or at home. The idols are made from plaster of paris or Eco-friendly materials like mud.
The idol makers put in months of preparations and effort in creating these beautiful statues of Lord Ganesha; detailed with intricacy, the idols spring into life.
The Charm of Beautiful Ganpati Decorations and Festive Emotions
Huge marquees and podiums are built on the street corners with elaborate decorations, crafted theme set ups, fancy lights illuminating the whole pandal, along with devotional music.
The Welcoming of Lord Ganesha
The devotees begin the ritual of installing Lord Ganesha idol to invoke it with the presence of the God.
Lord Ganesha is worshiped by offering 21 leaves of the sacred grass, 'Durva', as the mythology says that placing it on Lord Ganesha's head had once helped reduce the burning sensation in His head.
The Sweet Tooth of Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha being fond of sweets, devotees offer a variety of sweet delicacies as prasad and His favored sweet is Modak.
A Rhythmic Crescendo of Dhol Tasha
Experience the old school charm and beats of ‘Dhol Tasha’ resonating and creating a vibrant musical melody that reverberates the atmosphere.
'Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Laukar Ya' (Oh Lord Ganesha, Come Back Soon Next Year!)
Concluding the ceremony, on the 11th day is ‘Visarjan’, the immersing of the idol in water to bid goodbye with a sentiment of asking Lord Ganesha to return next year!