The ten-day long Ganpati festival has finally arrived, but do you know there are several places where this festival is celebrated with a great zeal and enthusiasm. Well, here in this article, we have mentioned the name of places where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a great vigor. But before that let’s understand the significance of this festival:-
Ganesh Chaturthi is also popularly referred to as Vinayaka Chaturthi and is a famous Hindu festival celebrated to rejoice the spirit of Nirvighnam Ganesha. This festival earmarks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha.
It is a sole destination where you can witness this festivity with a great power. The sounds of drums, Lezim and Tasha can be heard during this time at its peak level. If history is to be believed the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj promoted the celebration of Ganpati and it was further promoted by the Lokmanya Tilak. During this festival, Ganesha idol is decorated ornately and is placed on a podium where people come to seek his blessings and on the 10th day the Ganesha idols are immersed in the water. The massive crowd appears to witness this grandeur event. Lal Bag ka raja is one of the famous Ganpati temple where the crowd appears to see the massive event.
Located near to Mumbai, Pune is a place where the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated at a high pitch. Though Mumbai remains the top-notch destination for Ganesh celebrations, but Pune also doesn’t lag behind it. The arrival of Ganesha seems to have spread to Pune, thanks to Peshwas, who considered Ganesha as their prime deity for worship. The colorful Ganpati is brought at homes and in pandals with drums and loud music. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm for 10 days and after that it is immersed in the water. Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati is one of the well-known mandal in Pune and the most famous Ganesh idols are Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi, Tulsi Baug, etc.
Similar to Mumbai and Pune, Hyderabad is also one of the prominent destinations where Ganesh celebrations are done to the fullest. The place serves as a podium for more than 75,000+ Ganpati pandals. The famous areas where Ganpati mandals are erected and decorated are Balapur, Durgam, New Nagole, etc. Khairatabad hosts maximum of Ganpati idols. The place installs the largest Ganpati idol.
The smallest state of India also doesn’t lag behind when it comes to Ganpati celebrations. Apart from beaches, pubs and a holiday destination, the place is highly frequented by the visitors during Ganpati celebrations. People from different parts of the world come here to witness the Ganpati celebration. More importantly, it is during this time of the year when family and friends exchange gifts, sit with each other and rejoice the spirit of this festival. There are various places where idols are kept in the different shapes and sizes like Mapusa, Marcela is another village where the festival is celebrated in a traditional way. Throughout the festival,people come across from different religion to offer worship to the God.
It is a small town located in Ratnagiri district of the Konkan state of Maharashtra and is famous for its beaches and stunning sea views. There is a 400 years old temple where the Ganpati celebrations are done and thousands of people come to pay their obeisance. The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple hosts Ganpati made from copper and when the light penetrates the idol it looks all the more beautiful.
It is another village in the Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh which hosts Vinayaka idol with an amazing fact that it grows in size. The temple was erected by the Chola emperor and was further diversified by Vijayanagara Kings. It is one of the rarest temples that occupy a special eminence during the Ganpati celebrations.
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