Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations across India
One of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is dedicated to Ganesha- the elephant god. Considered to be a harbinger of good luck and prosperity, this event marks the commencement of the ‘festival season’ across the country. The idol is worshipped at homes, temples and public places between 1 and 21 days, followed by an immersion ceremony, which is also a grand affair in itself. Though the biggest festival in the regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Ganesh Chaturthi also sees a lot of festivities in other states.
If you want to experience the pomp and grandeur of this colorful festival, then here are the best places to head to during Ganesh Chaturthi. We recommend that your best way of doing justice to these places is to book a cab and traverse the obscure, yet rewarding corners in these towns.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the most significant religious and cultural celebration of Mumbai. Every year, thousands of people from neighboring cities, towns and villages come here to experience the larger-than-life festivities. Most local communities put up their own ‘mandali’ (association) and organize the ‘puja’. Lalbaugcha Raja in Lalbaug, Central Mumbai is known for fashioning the tallest idol in entire Maharashtra and is worshipped for 21 days. Lalbaug sees the most number of devotees and visitors with queues extending for over miles and more than 20 hours of waiting. Other noteworthy celebrations in the city are in Andheri (Western Mumbai) and Wadala (Central Mumbai).
The art capital of the state celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi in its own traditional ways and emphasizes on art through dance, music, cultural events and ethnic customs. The festivities last for 10 days in homes and public places. Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati, and Tulsi Baug Ganpati are some of the notable places to witness Ganesh Chaturthi in Pune
When the town’s name is derived from the God himself, you can expect nothing less than a memorable celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. The best place to experience the 5-day festival is at the Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, where the shrine is believed to have self-manifested out of white sands. As a part of the ritual, the devotees carry a bigger version of the idol on a palanquin and take it around the town in their shoulders, accompanied by music and chanting.
Also called the Ganesh Utsava, the Garden City celebrates this festival with magnificent performances by some of the best artists in the country. The 10 day celebration is wrapped up with a spectacular immersion ceremony at the Sankey Tank and Ulsoor Lake. If you are in Bangalore during Ganesh Chaturthi, you cannot miss the celebrations of Panchamukha Heambaper Ganapati, Shri Jambu Ganapati and Ananth Nagar Ganapati temples.
Known as Vinayaka Chavithi or Ganapathy Navaratri, this festival is observed and celebrated for 9 days across major locations of the city. Highly ornate and huge marquees are set up in Khairatabad, Balapur, Old City, New Nagole, Durgam Cheruvu which make for the most prominent and must-visit Ganesh Chaturthi destinations in Hyderabad.
The festival is locally called Chavath in Konkani and is the most popular Hindu festival in the region. Aligned with the local culture, artisans from different villages get creative with the idols using coconut, bamboo, cane, straw, and natural materials for a more eco-friendly celebration. The village of Marcela has the biggest celebration of Chavath across its local temples and deities.
Adopting environment-friendly measures, the city of Trivandrum uses clay and milk for its Ganesha idols. Local artists perform musical and dance recitals across the entire festival followed by a grand procession to Shnghumukham Beach on the last day. Quaint and simple, Ganesh Chaturthi in Trivandrum is something you cannot miss.
Gujarat is known for its colorful and vibrant celebrations of festivals and Ganesh Chaturthi is no different. The city of Ahmedabad sees elaborate arrangements with flamboyant marquees and light shows. The immersion procession, on the last day is accompanied by fireworks, music, and devotional chanting, as the idols are taken to the Sabarmati River or the Kankaria Lake.
Clearly, the festivities accompanying this occasion span the length and breadth of the country and it may sometimes be a challenge to reach one or more of the suggested places purely by public transport. Instead, we recommend that you download the app of a reliable cab service provider like Savaari and eliminate any worries in last mile connectivity to these towns.