Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that falls on the 4th day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month, Bhadrapada. It is celebrated for 10 days and usually comes in the month of August & September. According to mythology, Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated with great with great zeal and enthusiasm in the whole country. It is an important Hindu festival that is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and has great value in the West part of India, especially Maharashtra. Various rituals have been followed since 19th century to mark the importance of the festival and please Lord Ganesha. It is believed that worshipping the god brings good luck and prosperity. The festival involves grand celebrations, feasts and special pooja rituals that include Pranprathishta, Shhodashopachara, Uttar Puja and Ganpati Visarjan.
A lot of cultural activities and grand celebrations can be seen during this 10 day long festival that can be best enjoyed in Mumbai. The trend of setting up pandals and organising jaloos makes the festival all the more exciting and wonderful. From Lal bagh to Siddhivinayak, the idols of Ganpati are decorated so beautifully that it leaves the people awestruck. Not just this, the various mouth watering food stalls and exclusive range of sweets are worth trying. This year, the celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi are going to start from 25th August with the same zeal and can be enjoyed by taking a bus, flight or train through Goibibo.