Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival of India celebrated widespread across the country, especially in Maharashtra and states of South India. Also named Vinayaka Chaturthi, the festival is the occasion of Lord Ganesha’s birthday. In this blog, we have discussed the cities where the festival is celebrated with great passion and the rituals involved.
Read on to know the best celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in India.
Ganesh Chaturthi – History and Rituals
The exact information about the first Ganpati celebration in India is still unknown, but it is somehow believed from the facts in the records that the event took place in Pune during Shivaji’s reign of the Maratha Empire in 1630-1680. The Peshwas promoted the celebrations in between the years 1749 to 1818 but after their fall, the occasion was only a private family function, losing its popularity. However, LokmanyaTilak brought back the trend and declared it as a public event, bridging the gap between castes and to evoke patriotism.
Ganeshotsava or Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 11 days with almost 20ft tall idols of Lord Ganesha. You will find idols crafted out of clay in great numbers, of different size and style. People purchase these idols and bring it home to worship. Following this, 10 days of sheer spiritualism and devotion is observed all across the country, especially in houses and offices having Lord Ganesha’s idol. On the eleventh day, the worshipped idols are carried royally through the seats and roads and immersed in water bidding farewell to the deity. In several cities, cultural feast and festivities like music and dance are organized, mainly folk dance performances, poetry recitations, etc.
Top 5 Cities Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in India
Out of the many Indian cities celebrating the famous festival, the grandest event is to be the Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra in 2018, like every year. The sheer passion and devotion seen in Mumbaikars during the Ganesh Utsav are unmatched and indescribable. The zeal arousing from the beats of dhols and chants of “GanpatiBappaMorya” reflects the heart of people. The entire city turns immensely beautiful with the superbly decorated Ganpati pandals. For at least 10 days, there’s no gap between people of different castes and race. Life comes to pause in the city and you can find the best Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. The most popular ones are:
- Lalbaughcha Raja
It is one of the most popular spots of GanpatiDarshans in Mumbai. It attracts the surprising crowd of devotees and believers each year.
- GSB Seva Mandal
The GSB Seva Mandal is considered to be the richest pandal in the Mayanagri. Every year, the pandal seeks insurance cover of over 300crores keeping the gold and silver adorned idol safe.
After Mumbai, here’s another city from Maharashtra you should visit for Ganpati Darshan this year. It is here where the Peshwas celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with great pomp and arrangements as they worshipped Lord Ganesha like a patron. When in Pune, visit the famous pandals like TulshiBaugGanpatiMandal, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganapati Mandal, GurujiTalimGanpati, KesariwadaGaneshotsav Trust, ShriKasbaGanpatiSarvajanikGaneshotsavMandaland ShrimantDagdushethHalwaiGanpati Trust for the amazing experience of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2018.
Not just Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, but Goa is also a city anticipated to have glorious Ganesh Chaturthi in 2018. Hard to believe but Goa also has a religious side apart from the hipster culture and beaches. You will get to see the great significance of the festival in many villages and cities of Goa mainly Mapusa– the temples at Khorlim and Ganeshpuri.
Here comes a surprising fact about Ganeshotsava. The largest Ganesh idol in the entire country is not in Pune or Mumbai, but Hyderabad! Every year, it takes over 4 months to complete crafting the idol and on the first day of Utsav, the idol is placed in a pandal set up in Khairtabad. If luck favours and you are in Hyderabad on the last day, do observe the spectacular view of Ganesh Visarjan in 2018 in the Hussain Sagar Lake that will leave you awe-struck for sure.
Last but not the least, Bengaluru offers a great sight of Ganpati Darshan at APS College Grounds by Shree VidyaranyaYuvakaSanghain Southern part of the city. For 5 decades, the Utsav is celebrated at APS College Grounds and its grandeur, elegance and style still remains unparalleled. Experience the cultural extravaganza for 11 days and cherish the riveting performances of the amazing musicians, ballet troupes and theatre groups.
What are your plans for September this year? If you haven’t got anything important scheduled, book flight to any of these cities and experience the grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi in India.
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