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5 Cities other than Mumbai, where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with no less vigour

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

Ganesha Idols.

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.

1. Hyderabad

hyderabad Ganapati Celebrations, ganesh festival in khairtabad

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.

2. Mysore

mysore ganapati Celebrations, ganesh festival in 2015

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.

3. Delhi

old delhi ganesh festival, delhi ganpati celebrations

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.

4. Goa

how to celebrate a Ganesha Festival in a grand way,goa ganpati celebrations

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.

5. Chennai

popular with the celebration of Vinayaka Chaturthi , chennai ganpati celebrations

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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