Ganesh festival is popularly known as “Ganesh Utsav” is dedicated to Lord Ganesh (son of Shiva and Parvathi), the elephant-headed god of all good beginnings,wisdom and success. The festival is celebrated as the birth day of Lord Ganesha and continues for over ten days mainly in Mumbai thoughit is widely celebrated in other parts of country also. The festival falls in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.
Time to Celebrate:
Ganesh Utsav is held on the fourth date of Shukla Chaturdashi according to Hindu Calendar (August to September) .
Ganesh festival is very famous and popular festival in India. During the festival time whole region get the environment of carnival which is filled by rejoice , happiness and enthusiasm among the people.The preparation of Ganesh Utsav get started from two to three months prior to the main Ganesh Chaturthi, various artistic models of Lord Ganesha are made of clay by specially skilled artists for selling purpose. The idols are beautifully decorated & depicted Lord Ganesh in various poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet.
Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and temporary structures called mandapas (pandals) in every locality. These pandals are organised by different society group or locality by collecting contributions. For 10 consecutive days, from Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped.
On the last or 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing people to immersed the worshipped idols in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual of dropping back the Lord which is called “Ganesh Visarjan”. People followed the procession towards Ganesh’s journey seeking the blessings and fortune from him and also with an expectation from him to come early next time which expressed by saying “Ganpati Bappa Morya, Agle Baras Tu Jaldi Aa” .