Ganesh Chaturthi

Why To Go

Very few festivals in this country are celebrated with as much fanfare, hysteria and merrymaking as Ganesh Chaturthi, which is observed in Mumbai, Pune, and several other parts of Maharashtra. Loudspeakers 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 fall 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 is offered various delicacies, especially laddoo as prasad. Prayers are offered daily for the ten days that follow, until the immersion.

India has several religions, and their ardent followers scattered on its land peacefully. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the favoured examples to draw the conclusion where all religions people can participate and enjoy in the same way as 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 start of any new venture.

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 resident or book. Enjoy with your pals and participate in the functions and competitions. Dig into sweets like Laddu 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.

Things To Do

Starting from small households to large companies, Ganesh Chaturthi is organized at every place. All the devotees start preparing in advance by making the list of the items required to perform and celebrate this festival. They purchase clay idols of Lord Ganesh in various sizes and welcome him home in a celebrating manner. The priest invokes life in the goddess by chanting Vedic mantras. This is called as ‘pranapratistha’. After this, several types of home-made sweets are given to the idol as the Prasad. On the 10th day, the idol of god is immersed through another large-scale celebration. Some clubs and households organizes various functions, shows, and competitions to keep the people happy during this time. The most exciting thing to do during this 10-day festival is pandal hopping. There is no shortage 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 several 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 immersed. People continue to exhibit euphoric energy feels even at this stage as they bid farewell to the idols by yeilling Ganpati Bappa Morya, pudchya varshi lavkar ya means Lord Ganapati please bless 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 crucial to the Mumbai experience; avoid peak hours. Autos and taxis are convenient but more expensive.

How To Reach


Mumbai has an international and a domestic airport, 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 are 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.

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