Ganesh Chaturthi
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Brief

Lord Ganesha is one of the most common of the Hindu deities and is worshipped in most Hindu households throughout India. He is one of the most lovable gods, with the elephant head, the round belly, the benevolent expression, which is a mixture of wisdom and simplicity, as well as the tiny mouse at his feet, he is one of the most popular of the many gods within this religion. Ganesh Chaturthi, however, is commonly celebrated with great pomp and fervor in Maharashtra. It is an unforgettable experience to view the state come alive during the ten days of festivities.

 
Travel Tips

Mumbai is a large city, and the local trains are quite crowded, and will be even more so during this festive period. Make sure you prepare yourself for the immense amount of crowd all around, especially in the Pandals. Wear sturdy shoes to be able to walk around and and explore the city during this time. Keep a close watch on your belongings. Pick-pockets try and use the throngs to their benefit to snatch away purses, cameras and other valuables.



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Lord Ganesh, according to Hindu mythology, is the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. It is said that the goddess created her son from the sandalwood with which she had scrubbed her body. After her son came to life, she decided to go for a bath, leaving him to guard the door. Lord Shiva, unaware of what the Goddess Parvati had done, returned home, and demanded to enter, when the boy refused. Lord Shiva decided to let his Ganas teach the boy a lesson, but he defeated them all. The other gods, including the king, Indra, came down to try and teach the boy a lesson, but he managed to defeat them all.

Lord Shiva, angered to distraction, severed the head of the boy, and he died. When Goddess Parvati found out about this, she was furious with grief. Lord Shiva realized his mistake, and promised to bring the boy back to life, but he needed a new head. The gods were sent off to look for one, but they came back with the head of an elephant. Thus, with this new head, the boy came back to life, and Lord Shiva named him Ganesha, meaning the lord of the Ganas.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to commemorate the rebirth of Lord Ganesha. It falls on the fourth day of Bhadrapada and goes on till the Anant Chaturdashi. The festival which goes on for 10 days, falls between the months of August and September. In Maharashtra, it is a major festival, and arguably, the most important of them all. Mumbai, the hub of the state, comes alive during this time. Every locality lights up, and gets decorated to honor the god of wisdom, knowledge, generosity and strength.

If you want to witness Ganesh Chaturthi, this is the place for you to be in. Within these ten days, the city comes alive with festive intentions. While Ganesh idols are placed in every Hindu home, there are huge pandals which are made at every neighborhood, where gigantic clay sculptures of the god in various postures are decorated and worshipped. If you’re in the city, you must visit some of these pandals.

Every year, neighborhoods vie to make the best Pandal in the city. While the priests continue with the rituals, many devotees enter the pandals to pay their respects, and many others enter just to observe the cultural beauty of it all. Bollywood stars have also started celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi is a big way. In the city, you must visit Lalbaugcha Raja, which is located in Central Mumbai. This area has the pandal which sees the maximum amount of footfall every year. Braving the crowds is always worth it for a glimpse of the awe-inspiring idol there, and a feel of the spiritual devotion emanating from everyone around you.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, going around the city and looking at the pandals is a wonderful idea. Watching the preists do the puja and watching the devotees praying for blessings is a unique experience. Make sure to stuff yourself with some Modak during this time. It is a sweet made from rice flour, with coconut filling, jiggery filling or dry fruits filling inside. Made especially during this time, this sweet is a signature specialty of the state. Watching the immersion procession will also be an unforgettable experience. The idols are supposed to be immersed in a water body after the festivities get over, and lively processions make their way towards the sea during this time. Singing, dancing and warmth is what sets these processions apart.

Ganesh Chaturthi is not just a religious festival in Mumbai anymore. It has taken on a cultural overtone, and the celebrations permeate through religion, caste, class and creed. People throughout the city come together during this time, and the festive mood is very palpable. A symbol of togetherness, regional pride, artistic expression and love is what sets this festival apart, and makes it a wonderful experience, every year.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range:

The Lalit Mumbai is a luxurious option for those who want to be thoroughly pampered. The rooms are as wonderful as the service provides, and room rates begin from 10,000 INR. Grand Hyatt Mumbai is another option for those looking to splurge. Room rates here begin from 8,500 INR.

Mid-Range: 

Hotel Ashray International is a good, affordable option. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and all the amenities are provided for. The room rates begin from 2,300 INR. Hotel Accord is another good option. The room rates here begin from 3,300 INR.

Low-Range:

Hotel Kumkum and Hotel Prasad International are two budget hotels which are good options for those not willing to spend too much on accommodation. The room rates for the former begin from 500 INR while room prices for the latter begin from 1,000 INR.

 
How to Reach

  • The Mumbai Airport is one of the most well-connected ones in the country. It has an international terminal which sees regular traffic.
  • The Mumbai railway station is a very well-connected one, and regular trains go to and fro from here to almost all parts of the country.
  • A number of highways connect this city to the rest of the country. Driving down from Bangalore or Goa is an overnight affair. Within the city itself, travelling by the local train is the best form of transport, or you can also take the numerous public buses or auto rickshaws.

 
Surrounding Attractions

If you are exhausted and satisfied with the experience of Ganesh Chaturthi, and want to relax for a while, then the rocky, hilly regions of Mahabaleshwar and Lonavla are some of the perfect options for you. Goa is a night’s journey away, if you’re more inclined towards the sea and lovely, pristine beaches.

 
Important Numbers

Commissioner of Police: 22620826

Airport Control Room: 28824272, 28822271