Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals and is celebrated all over India in the Hindu month of Bhadra (which generally falls between August and September). This colourful festival marks the birthday of the Elephant Headed God, Lord Ganesh. Let us look at the best places to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in India.


Mumbai, India - September 17, 2013: Devotees bringing Hindu God Ganesha into the ocean during Ganesha Festival

The passion and excitement of Ganesh Chaturthi are as quintessentially Mumbai as Bollywood.  With the sounds of beating dhols and chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya echoing across the entire city, the Ganesh Utsav celebration here remains completely unmatched. This larger-than-life spectacle has pandals across Mumbai to thematically represent the current social issues that the city faces through tableaux, paintings and decorations. Don’t miss the famous pandals while you are visiting Mumbai during this festival! These are Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja, Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) and the Siddivinayak Temple.


Woman selling ganesha statues for Ganesh Chaturthi India

While Mumbai is quite famous for its Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, Pune isn’t too far behind. The city celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety. Starting with the establishment of idols of Lord Ganesha on the first day to the immersion on the tenth day, the celebration takes place in the grandest of manners. Some of the most un-missable Ganesh idols in the city are going to be at Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati, Guruji Talim, Tulsi Baug Ganpati and the Kesariwada Ganpati at Kesariwada.


Ganesh Chaturthi in hyderabad

Another Indian Destination that is famous for a grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is Hyderabad. The Ganapathi Navaratri utsavams here start on Vinayaka Chavithi (Ganesh Chaturthi) and end on Ananta Chaturdashi day with idol immersion. Devotees immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh on the last day of the festival in the Hussain Sagar Lake. Hosting nearly 75,000+ Ganesh pandals in honour of Lord Ganesh throughout the city, Hyderabad also has one of the largest Ganesh idols in the country. Standing at an imposing 61 feet (this year) this Ganesh idol is set up at Khairtabad.  Other famous stop-overs where Ganesha idols are established and decorated fascinatingly are Balapur, Kamalanagar Chaitanyapuri, Durgam Cheruvu, Old City (Gowlipura) and New Nagole.

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Ganpatipule ganesh utsav
Lord Ganesha temple at Ganpatipule

Located in Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is a small town that is known to have one of the most famous pilgrimage centres: The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple. This 400-year-old temple becomes the centre of grand activity for the five-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi when villagers and pilgrims join actively in a procession honouring Lord Ganesha. A taller idol of Lord Ganesha is placed in an ornate palanquin and is carried on the shoulders of the devotees through the village. While the festival is marked by vibrant celebrations, prayers and feasting, the celebrations are incomplete without a circumambulation around the hill behind the temple shaped like Ganapati’s face.


Ganesha idols on sale at a roadside market in Bangalore, India. The Ganesha festival on September 17, 2015, will be celebrated widely in western and southern India. Ganesha is worshipped by Hindus as the remover of obstacles. These clay idols are made in thousands for the festival by unknown artisans, and there is no copyright involved.

Renowned for its beaches, Goa also has a religious side that cannot be ignored! The Ganesh Utsav holds a special place in the hearts of the Goan people. The smallest state of India has many religious cities and villages that worship the Lord, especially Mapusa, which is famous for its temples at Ganeshpuri and Khorlim. There are also various idols of Lord Ganesh in different shapes and sizes well adorned and installed in heavily decorated pandals by various merchant associations and other groups in different parts of Goa.


Residents of an apartment block celebrate the annual Ganesh festival in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Ganesh, also called Ganesha or Ganapati, is worshipped for his powers to remove obstacles in life.

Despite the rapid modernisation and the urban social culture creeping in, Bangalore still holds onto its cultural and traditional roots. The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, organised by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha at the APS College Grounds, Basavanagudi, upholds the rich tradition of India’s culture and heritage. Held every year for close to 5 decades, this major cultural extravaganza of South Bangalore has magnificent presentations of music, dance, drama and art by some of the finest artists of the country. Other popular places to visit are Panchamukha Heramba Ganapati Temple, Shri Jambu Ganapati Temple and Ananth Nagar Ganapati Temple. Do not forget to catch the visarjan rituals at Sankey Tank and Ulsoor Lake.

So what are you waiting for? Witness the best of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the places mentioned above and let us know about your experiences below! Ganpati Bappa Morya!  


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