Every year, the Indian community celebrates festival devoted to Lord Ganesha with great passion and participation. This scared festival is known as Ganesh Chaturthi and preparation for this festival begins weeks ago in advance. The day of the festival witnesses a grand ceremony accomplished with implementation of traditional rituals, singing and playing devotional songs, passionately dancing, bursting crackers, and chanting “Ganpati Bappa Moray” loudly.
As per Hindu mythology, Ganesh Chaturthi serves as an event to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi and is celebrated by Hindus across the world with optimum zeal and eagerness. This festival is celebrated in an exceptional manner. On the day of the festival a credible model of Ganesha (made of clay) is placed on a raise stage, and devotees worship to the Lord and pay homage. Then priests wearing clothes in silk red or white dhoti and shawl invoke life into the clay idol by chanting some mantras.
The festival brings an event on which people organize various social and cultural get-togethers. The festival enhances the sense of togetherness regardless of cast and creed. The Ganesh Chaturthi comes to an end with immersion of Lord Ganesh’s idol into the water. To immerse the idol, people come in a huge march dancing on musical chanting of Ganpati Bappa Moriya and moving towards river or sea.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of India’s auspicious occasions, which are celebrated vastly in almost every part of India. The Ganesh Chaturthi celebration can be seen at the larger scale in Maharashtra. Nearly each and every community all across Maharashtra, celebrate this festival with utmost zeal and excitement. People set up small Ganesha Idol at their homes and family members, friends, relatives etc offers homage and payers for ten days.
Various communities and group of people set up massive pandal where beautiful lifelike Ganesha Idols are placed on a high stage. To enhance the festive mood, fairs and exhibitions are organized around this pandal. Classical & folk dances, musical & Poetic performances, theater and film festival can also be seen during the festival. The tenth day which is called the day of visarjan, the Lord Ganesh’s idol carried by huge procession to nearby water body (Pond, river or sea) for immersion. During the immersion devotees chant phrase “Ganpati Bappa Moriya” which means “Father Ganesh return this valley in next year”.