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Best Places To Visit For Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration In 2018

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Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is the most beloved of all Hindu gods. He is benevolent, even tempered, generous and wise, and Ganesh Chaturthi, is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganpati is worshipped before other gods, and at the start of all auspicious occasions!

How Ganesha Was Born

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Ganesha is also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Binayak

Legend has it that once Lord Shiva was away from Mount Kailasha, his home, for a long while, tending to matters of the world. Alone and lonely, Goddess Parvati wished she had a child to keep her company, so taking dust from the ground, she mixed it with the perspiration from her body. Using this clay, she moulded the figure of a boy and infused life into him. The boy was like a son to Parvati, and entirely devoted to her.

One day, while Parvati was bathing, Lord Shiva happened to return from his long journey.

Not knowing that Shiva was Parvati’s husband, the boy stopped him from entering the house and a battle ensued. Being born of Parvati, the embodiment of Shakti, the boy was very powerful. He defeated Shiva’s guards, the ganas, as well as Lord Indra and his army. Infuriated at the strange boy who dared to challenge him, Shiva severed the boy’s head with his trident.

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Ganesh Chaturthi is incomplete without the traditional modaks

When Parvati returned from her bath, she was distraught at discovering the headless body of her son. She demanded that Shiva at once restore the life of the child. Unable to find the boy’s head, Shiva ordered the ganas to bring back the first head they came across. The ganas returned with the head of a dying elephant, which Shiva then placed on the boy’s body. He breathed life into him, and so was born Ganesha, Lord of Ganas.

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Ganesh Chaturthi In Mumbai

When thinking of Ganesh Utsav in India, the first destination that comes to mind is Mumbai. The sounds of beating dhols fill the air while chants of Ganpati Bappa, Morya ring through Mumbai’s lanes. This 10-day-long festival lets you witness the best of the Ganesh Utsav. Here are the best places in Mumbai to witness this majestic and grand celebration.

#1 Lalbaughcha Raja

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The mesmerising idol of Lalbaugcha, PC – Hemant Padalkar, DNA Photo

Venue –  Lalbaug Market, Lalbaug near Currey Road Market.

Lalbaugcha is the most popular and revered Ganesh Darshan in the entire country. It draws lakhs of devotees from far-off places, who often spend hours standing in queues that stretch for several kilometres. On weekends, it is said that devotees take around 25 to 30 hours to catch the glimpse of the idol.
Useful tip: Try to go on weekdays and in first few days of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration.

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#2 G.S.B Seva Mandal

Venue – Shree Guru Ganesh Prasad,Bhookailash Nagar, Near Sion Fort, Sion (East)

One of the richest mandals in the city, G.S.B Seva Mandal draws an impressive crowd as well. The idol is adorned with heavy quantities of gold and silver ornaments, earning it the name of Gold Ganesha. This year, the celebration will begin from Thursday, September 13th, and continue till Monday September 17th.

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Ganesh Chaturthi In Pune

Pune is not too far behind when it comes to celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in a grand way. The elaborate arrangements, the excitement and thousands of devotees thrilled to see the idol, it sure makes Pune a vibrant city at this time of the year. Travel to Pune to experience the vibrancy of this festival; here are some places in Pune where you can witness this mesmerising celebration.

#1 Shri Kasba Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal

The celebration is incomplete without music and dance in Kasba Ganpati temple

Venue – 159, Kasba Peth Rd, Durvankur Society, Phadke Haud, Kasba Peth, Pune

The Kasba Ganpati temple is one of the oldest temples in Pune. Here the Ganesh Utsav is celebrated in a beautifully decorated mandap. You will find musical artists, singers and dance performers who make the event even more lively.

#2 Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati Mandal

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Celebrating the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of success, wealth, and new beginnings

Venue – 33 A, Budhwar Peth Rd, Budhwar Peth, Pune

The Ganesh idol in Tambdi Jogeshwari temple is one of the most popular idols in Pune. The idol here is unique as it resembles an African elephant and is considered Doosra Maanacha (second revered) Lord Ganesh. The sculptors of the idol in Tambdi Jogeshwari temple all belong to the same family, and this art has been passed on for generations.

Ganesh Chaturthi In Goa

Not many people know the religious side of Goa, which comes alive during Ganesh Chaturthi. The quaint villages of Goa brighten up with lights, colours and excitement for 21 days! Here are the temples or mandals you must visit when in Goa during Ganesh Utsav.

#1 Mapusa

Location – A small town situated 13km north of the capital Panaji

Spot Goa’s most intricate matolis and dekhavas in this popular local market of Mapusa. Brimming with festive essentials during that time of the year, the market shines bright with lights and idols at every corner. Do check out the Ganesh idols in Mapusa market, we promise you will be stunned by their creativity.

#2 Marcel

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The beautiful art of decorating houses with fresh produce. PC – digitalgoa.com

Location – Lies 17km from Panaji in Ponda Taluka

Marcel is a small village and is one of the best places to experience Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. Almost all houses here have their own idol, which is open for public viewing. What’s unique is how they use unconventional materials like straw, husk, sponge and stone to make the idols. They even decorate their ceilings with fruits and vegetables set prettily in a wooden frame.

Useful Tip – Do check out Navelkar house and Mashelkar house for the darshan.

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The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. On this day, a statue of Ganesha is brought home and installed with much pomp and vigour. The statue, usually made of clay and decorated brilliantly, is worshipped for anywhere between one-and-a-half days to 11 days. It is then released into the sea, to return again the next year.

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  1. Judith
    September 22, 06:56 Judith

    My favourite festival, barring the noise!

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