Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals in India, celebrated with huge pomp and pleasure. People round the nation participate with lots of zest, vigour and enthusiasm in order to celebrte this Hindu festival. The birth of Lord Ganesha is commemorated with huge celebration, fairs and fests. Not only in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is equally famous all over the world specially in Nepal, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore and Malaysia.
In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in different ways in various corners of the nation. From decoration of idols to worshipping of devotees, everything differs as you travel from one state to other. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known by different names in different places like Ganesha Visarjane in Kannada, Vinayaka Nimarjana or Vinayaka Nimajjanam in Telugu, Ganesh Visarjan in Marathi and Vinayaga Chathurthi in Tamil.
Tourists from all over the world love to participate in the glorifying celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Though it is the main festival of Maharashtra, it is impartially cerlebrated throughout the nation. Foreign tourists enjoy the processions that are followed during the celebrations.
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Ganesh Chaturthi is the most celebrated festival of Mumbai. In the present time it is not only a popular festival but is one of the major means of ecenomy for the artists, businessmen and those companies who arrange the mega events for the celebrations. Modak is the most important dish of the festival which goes along with the chant of "Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya".
Since the time of Shivaji, Ganesh Chaturthi has been an important part of the inhabitants of Pune. Without catering to any discriminations, Jains, Christians apart from Hindus are also enthusiastic participants of this festival. The celebrations provide an opening to the the budding artists who can perform and prove their talent. People are now more concerned about the environment and concentrate on Ganesh idols which are made from non polluting materials.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals of Karnataka. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi, Ganesh Chaturthi in this state is celebrated in temples along with which idols are also worshipped. There are many Ganesha temples throughout the state which are beautifully decorated for this ocassion. Modaka is the sweet dish distributed to the devotees.
Ganesh Chaturthi is mostly celebrated in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. Idols of Lord Ganesha are found in every streets and lanes of Rajnanadgaon. People decorate their home and the pandals with lights and flowers. The visarjan of the Ganesha idol is highly popular and the liveliness of the residents are reflected during this time. Mohara Mela, Bull Run and Mina Bazaar are the fairs and fests of this region, which take place during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Vinayaga Chathurthior Ganesh Chaturthi in Chennai is a big festival where Ganesh idols reach to a height 40 feet. Chanting of the mantras and hymns of the prayers make the surrounding holy and pious. Though the celebrations were earlier restricted to temples and homes, presently the idols placed in various corners of the capital city, complemented with entertaining programmes have become the hub of gathering.
In Assam Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great celebrations. Human size clay idols are worshipped with flowers and other offerings. Serpentine queues are seen in front of Ganesha temples at Latashil and Ganeshguri. Lord Ganesha is prayed with aarti, kirtan amidst chanting of mantras.
Coconut, Jaggery, modakas, durva are some of the essentials of puja. Blood donation camps, charity for the poor, free medical check up and dramatic performances are also a part of these venues.
Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot are the important places for the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav. Bhajan, garba, katha varta, lok dayro, lucky draw, song and other traditional competitions are a part of celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. Also known as 'Ganesh Raja', Ganesha idols are placed in every corner of Rajkot city. The march during immersion is assisted by red coloured gulaal and musical instruments.
One of the public beaches of Mumbai, Girgaum Chowpatty is widely renowned for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. It is situated by the Marine Drive and as such people from all over Mumbai come to this place to immerse the Ganesha idols in the Arabian Sea. Tourists enjoying the celebration can also taste the typical ragda patties, bhelpuri, pav bhaji and panipuri from the vendors at the beach.
Like any other place in India, Madhya Pradesh also has enthusiastic celebrations in Ganesh Chaturthi. Bio degredable materials are used in some of the places of this state to ensure a eco friendly celebration. Artificial ponds are being prepared in order to prevent water pollution through plaster of paris and other chemicals used in the construction.
Widely celebrated throughout Andhra Pradesh, Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka NimarjanaorVinayaka Nimajjanam in Telugu. "Ganesh Maha Raj ki, Jai" is the chant that follows all over Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam and other places. Khairtabad has the largest Ganesha idol in the world.
The visarjan of idol depends on family tradition which can be done on 3rd, 5th or 7th day of the puja. The main sweet dish prepared is called modakam or kudumu. Other dishes served to Lord Ganesha includes Vundrallu, Panakam, Vadapappu and Chalividi. Clay or turmeric idols are mostly worshipped at homes.
Also known as 'Chovoth' in Goa, Ganesh Chaturthi is almost celebrated like a national festival. Clay idols are brought home or in kept in the pandals which is prepared by betel nuts, bananas, coconut and branch of mango trees. Women here are found fasting on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. Immersion of the idol takes place the next day, either in the sea, lake or well. Few competitions like flower making shows are held. Aartis aquire a special attraction.
Ganesh Chaturthi in Odisha follows an agricultural festival called Nuakhai. As this is a harvest festival people pray and hope for better harvest the following year. Ganesha temple at Panchama Village which is 10km from Behrampur is visited thoroughly by people in and around Orissa and also from Andhra Pradesh. The trading community worship Ganesha for prosperity of their business. Colourful programmes are also a part of this celebration. Immersion of the idols in the holy rivers brings an end to the celebration.
This Hindu festival is lavishly celebrated in Salem, Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aavani, i.e. between August-September. Worshipped as the lord of wisdom and power, he is believed to remove hindrances and obstacles from one's way. These Vinayaka idols vary in hues and size. Novel concepts are adding charm and liveliness to the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi at Salem.