The International Ganesh Festival is set to extend from 18 Sept-28 Sept. In Maharashtra, the most vital and historical cities- Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, and Palghar, were organized for 10 days in these cities. The event aims to present Maharashtra’s acclaimed heritage through the propitious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The International Ganesh festival is organized in a rotation of four cities, each city presenting the nature of Maharashtra’s customs and lifestyle. Beginning from Mumbai, visitors can experience the city’s vibrant pulse, from the splendor of Ganesh Gali to the iconic Sidhivinayak Temple and the festive environment of GSB Wadala. The consideration will end with a relaxed experience at Girgaon Chowpatty.
In Pune, visitors will get an opportunity to plunge themselves into the Ganesh celebration at Tulsi Bagh Ganesh Pandal for Arti and darshan and also explore the historical Shaniwar Wada. Along with this, Palghar will deliver thrilling adventures with ziplining and you can also explore cultural workshops or Warli Art. Visitors can also visit the Kelva Fort and Shirgaon Fort. Ratnagiri will be a religious journey with the Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnadurg Fort, and Thiba Rajwada at the same time as the littoral beauty that will beguile your senses.
A New Cultural Hub
At the iconic Gateway of India, a Cultural Hub will be established to grasp the nature of Maharashtra and deliver a remarkable experience. In this hub, you see several forms like Sand Art, Mosaic Art, and Scroll Art. In addition, there will be projection mapping of the Gateway of India, cultural arrangements, workshops on Maharashtra’s artistry, an Art and Craft showcase, and allegiance continual and faction arrangement. This capability strives to conserve traditions while celebrating them.
Why the Festival?
In 2023, the International Ganesh Festival will deliver an amazing experience and it is the first time that Ganesh Chaturthi is going International and celebrated highly. It will be an amazing mixture of cultures and at the local festival, it is a first attempt to collect acceptance in the global circuit. The festival established itself as unique and it will present religious traditions, heritage, arts, culture, and culture.
History of Ganesh Chaturthi
According to religious records, it is accepted that Lord Ganesha was a formation of Goddess Parvati. When Lord Shiva is not present, Goddess Parvati carved Lord Ganesha with her sandalwood paste and established him as warden while she was bathing. As an optimal child, Ganesh obeyed the directions of his mother and did not permit anyone into the house. Though he did not know of Lord Shiva, he precluded him from entering the house when he came. This turned into a war between the two, and the enraged Lord Shiva slit his head. When Parvati knew this, she was inflamed and turned into the Goddess Kali, and forbidding that she would end the world. The God and Goddess begged Lord Shiva to discover any resolution to relax Goddess Kali.
Finally, Lord Shiva finds a solution and orders all his followers to pursue and search for a child whose mother had irresponsibly turned her back on her child and cut his head. The followers first see the child of an elephant, so they bring her head and give it to Lord Shiva, and then attach it to Ganesha’s body, bringing him alive.
Significance of the Day
In these ten days of celebration, people established a statue of God Ganesh and worshiped him. On the last day of the festival, people Visarjan the Ganpati, the devotees take out a cortege and chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’. Many devotees also perform the Visarjan on the third, fifth, or seventh day as per their family tradition.
Before starting any ritual, ceremony, or puja, we worshiped Lord Ganesha first. Modak is one of the favorite dishes of Lord Ganesha, who offers them during the puja and distributes them to others as prasad.