Ganesh Chaturthi

Very few festivals in this country are celebrated wih as much fanfare, hysteria and merrymaking as Gansh Chaturthi, which is observed in Mumbai, Pune and several others parts of Maharashtra. Loudspakers blare out everything from devotional songs, pandals are erected in practically every corner and people take to the streets to dance and express their delirious joy like no one is watching. 

The festivals which falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. The first day of the festivities begins with prayers to the elephant-headed god, who isoffered various deliacie as prasad. Prayers are offered on a daily basis for the ten days that follow, until the immersion.

India has several religions and their ardent followers scattered on its land in a peaceful manner. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the favoured example to draw the conclusion where all religion’s people can participate and enjoy in the same way like the Hindu followers. This is the celebration of the birthday of Lord Ganesh. The lord is worshipped as the god of prosperity, wisdom and good fortune. Lord Ganesha’s blessings are auspicious during the starts of any new venture.

Marathi is the official language.

Travel Tips

Wear saree or Indian attires during the festival.

It is a festival of Hindus. But all region’s people can join this festivity.

If possible learn and know more about this occasion from a local resident or people.

Enjoy with your pals and participate in the functions and competitions.

Dig into sweets like Ladu and Barfi which are considered as the favourite of Lord Ganesh.

If you are not comfortable in huge gatherings, then avoid the immersion yatra of Lord.

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Things to do

Starting from small households to large companies, Ganesh Chaturthi is organised at each and every place. All the devotees starts preparing in advance by making the list of the items required to perform and celebrate this festival. They purchases clay idols of Lord Ganesh in various sizes and welcomes him home in a celebrating manner. The priest invokes life in the idol by chanting Vedic mantras. This is called as ‘pranapratistha’. After this, several type of home-made sweets are given to the idol as the Prasad. On the 10th day, the idol is immersed through another large-scale celebration. Some clubs and households organises various functions, shows and competitions to keep the people happy during this time.

The most interesting thing to do during this 10 day festival is pandal hopping. There is no dearth of pandals in Pune or Mumbai during this period and some pandals are more famous than others for their historical significance and the type of Ganesh idols they house. People offer seveal delicacies to Ganesha idols such as modaks and laddoos.

At the culmination of the 10th day long festival, the idols of Ganesha are taken to nearby water bodies and immeresed. People continue to exhibit euphoric energy leels even at this stage as they bid farewell to the idols by yeilling Ganpati bappa Morya, pudchya varshi lavkar ya means Lord Ganapati please blees us and come back next year. 


Getting Around

Much of South Bombay, especially its colonial heritage zone, can be seen and is fun to see on foot. For longer journeys, hop onto a BEST bus or take the train - fast and cruial to the Mumbai experience; avoid peak hours. Autos and taxis are convenient but more expensive.

Places to Stay

The hotels has been offering the best views of the sea and the Gateway for over a century, and som eof Mumbai's most famous restaurants. The Nariman point is another excellent if expensive option for lovely seas views. For addorbable stays in ideal locations consider the well maintained guesthouses.

Most Celebrated Places

The celebration captures the heart of every Indians living in this region. But this festival is being organised in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Gujarat mostly. Other southern state’s people enjoys this occasion also.

How to Reach

  • Mumbai has an international and a domestic airport, both named after Chhatrapati Shivaji. Flights from across the world land at the international airport while the domestic airport is connected to all metros and many smaller destinations. Pre-paid taxis available at both terminals.
  • Key stations are CST, Mumbai Central, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at Kurla, Bandra and Dadar.
  • Connected to Jaipur and Delhi by NH8 via Nashik, Indore and Gwalior.

Surrounding Attractions

Gateway of India: Mumabi's famous seaside landmark with its legant arches and minarets all lit up at night looks like it deserves to be the heart of the tourist buzz. Right behind the wonderful building of the Taj hotel built in 1903 by Jameshdji Tata adds to the grandeur. Boata leave from here, ferying you breezily across to Elephanta Island or down the coast.

Marine Drive and Chowpatty: The twinkling lights of the sweeping seaside arc of Marine Drive have been given the elegant sobriquet of the queen necklace. This road was mostly nuilt on land reclaimed from the sea. Marine Drive runs from the business district of Nariman point vendors keep it alive in the evening, as does the sea breeze, and later at night reckless youngsters racing their cars.

Chowpatty Beach: This is a vey popular local hangout and can feel crowded and littered. Having a spicy bhelpuri here is a Mumbai tradition. Chowpatty is also the main  spot for immersing huge Ganapati idols.

Haji Ali: It is made famous beyond the confines of Mumbai by AR Rahman qawwali, this 15th century dargah appears to float in the sea. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Film City, Goregaon: Officially Dadasaheb Phalke nagar, this a complex of studios, reording rooms and venues such as lakes, forts, courtrooms etc. where TV shows was probably shot.

Emergency No.

Police Station : 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Ambulance: 102

Pune heart Brigade: 105