Ganesh Utsav is the biggest festival in Maharashtra. Be it celebrated in households or big mandals, Maharashtra turns into a big festival for 10 days. Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav is the festival of celebration of arrival of lord shree Ganesh in our houses.
It is a 10-day long festival celebrated in honour of the elephant headed god lord shree Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated in India and specifically in Maharashtra.
This festival is not only celebrated by families at home, but also by people at their places of worship and in public. For public celebration public pandals or mandals install and worship clay murtis or images of Ganesh, and at home appropriate small idols are installed and worshipped. At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in water in the sea, river or lake or even in artificial ponds.
In Maharashtra, there is a grand celebration along with the traditional dhol tasha and various other cultural programs. The date of the festival is decided by the presence of Chaturthi thithi. The festival celebrations include a ceremony of Prana Pratishtha to invite Ganesha into idol, then artis which include singing hyms, sholkas, ganesh stotra etc, then offerinf of flowers specially durva and red hibiscus flowers, modaks, sweets and naivedya.
Ganesh Utsav also includes various other festivals like hartalika puja and Gauri puja. The celebrations at home are also kept for 1.5, 5, 7, 10, 11, 21 days, depending on the preference of the people who worship the lord.
Public celebrations are usually of 10 or 11 days depending on the Anant Chaturdashi. Cultural activities like singing, dancing, cultural programs, free blood donation, medical check-ups, donations are organised by public mandals in Ganesh Utsav.
This is the perfect time for all the travellers to travel to Maharashtra and enjoy this grand festival in desi style.