Ganesh Chaturthi Across India

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Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in almost each and every household of Maharashtra, with great faith and belief, for around ten days.

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The celebrations take place at both individual and community level.

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Huge pandals are set up and the idol of Ganesha is worshipped by the entire community together, with pomp and show.

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Various cultural events are also organized during these ten days.The celebration ends on the tenth day, when all the people go to the river or sea, to immerse the idol.

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In Karnataka, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with prayers offered to Gauri, the mother of Lord Ganesh. The married women pray to Goddess Gauri, to get blessings for long lasting married life.

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In Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and show. Offerings are made to Lord Ganesh at numerous temples.

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Elaborate arrangements are made for lighting and decoration and Ganeshji is fervently worshipped for about 7-10 days.

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On the day of the Chaturthi, i.e. the last of the ten days dedicated to God, idols are immersed at river Sabarmati and Kankaria Lake.

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Firecrackers are let off and huge images of Ganeshji are carried in grand procession for 'Ganesh Visarjan' (immersion), accompanied by the sound of devotional songs and drums.

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In Rajasthan, on Ganesh Chaturthi, an image of Ganesh is bathed in kumkum and a garland of red flowers is put on the idol, placed by many households right outside their entrance.

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A small thaal, with haldi and kumkum, is also placed at the entrance, so that the visiting people take a pinch of each and put it on their foreheads and throat.

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Ladoos are usually kept in the house, to be first offered to Ganeshji and then distributed as prasad to the devotees.

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