India is a land of festivals and amidst all the festivals, there lays a grand festival called Ganesha
Chaturthi, a festival where the children and the elderly stuff themselves with delicious ladoos.
“Ganapati Bappa Mourya, Purchya Varshi Laukar ya”[O Lord/Father Ganesha, come soon again next year]
Ganesha Chaturthi marks the birthday of India’s beloved Lord Ganesha. It is one among the most
celebrated festivals in India. According to popular belief, Lord Ganesha was brought back to life by Shiva
after he was beheaded by him on this very day. The festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi,
Vinayaka Chavithi and Chathaa in various parts of India.
According to the Hindu calendar, the day is always observed between August and September. The
Ganesha festival lasts for 10 pious days with the last day marking an enthusiastic immersion of the
So, when it comes to Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai is the first, and for some, only city which comes to mind. However, there are other Indian cities where the same is celebrated with much vigour and splendour. We list 5 such cities describing the magnificence that is presented during Ganesh Puja.
In order to witness the largest idol of Ganesha, you need to head straight to Hyderabad. The city
of delicious Biryanis celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi with an equal amount of enthusiasm as
Mumbaikars. In 2013, one of the Ganesha Idols erected in Hyderabad was 72 foot tall and made
out of only clay. The previous records show that Hyderabad is a host to approximately 65,000
Ganesha Pandals (Ganesha Idol Stands).
The other places where Ganesha Idols are erected and decorated fascinatingly are Khairatabad,
Balapur, Kamalanagar Chaitanyapuri, Durgam Cheruvu and New Nagole.
Mysore, the city of sandalwood and Wadeyar dynasty boasts its sky high spirit every year during
the Ganesha Festival. If you are in Mysore during the festival then you will find hordes of people
rushing to their local markets to purchase the idols, banana leaves and coconuts. The people of
Mysore follow their ritualistic practices of cooking and eating food on the banana leaves and
offering bananas as Prasad to the Gods during the puja. You will also witness the use of willows
as plates to keep the puja items like turmeric, rice, cereals etc. The entire thali arrangement is
used as an offering to Mother Gauri during the Gauri Festival which falls the day before Ganesha
Chaturthi. These willows are also exchanged among the married women. So if you are hungry
for some South Indian style Prasad then Mysore is the place you would want to be.
The capital of India was once ruled by the great Marathas and hence the Indian capital also
celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi with much love and devotion. The culture of celebrating this
festival was initiated in Old Delhi but soon enough it spread like a wild fire to the neighboring
areas including New Delhi. The capital hosts at least 50 flawless Ganesha Pandals and
performances by various professional artists from across the country. Another reason behind
the flamboyant celebration is that the population of the capital consists of approximately 2.5
lakhs Marathi Families who patiently wait for this festival to come around.
The people of Goa do know how to celebrate a Ganesha Festival in a grand way apart from
partying in style at the beaches. Ganesha Chaturthi is actually a very important festival for the
Goans and is known as “Chovoth”. The pandals are known as “Matov” and are decorated with
betel nut, coconut, banana and mango leaves. The day is an extra special occasion for the
children as various competitions such as flower making are held at various pandals/matov.
When it comes to immersion of the Ganesha idol, Goans do it with a great amount of
enthusiasm and joy. One can easily witness the unique usage of special Goan percussion
instruments known as Shamel and Ghumot during the proceedings of the festival.
Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu is quite popular with the celebration of Vinayaka Chaturthi as
the majority of the city prefers to buy beautiful environment friendly idols. The idols are made
out of tapioca paste and colored with a variety of natural dyes. The celebration at the Marina
Beach is a sight to see every year. Though this city does not host the number of Ganesha Idols as
vast as the others but it definitely boasts the most eco-friendly celebration all over India.
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