Today is the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi i.e. Ganpati Festival and we also call it as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Huge idols of Lord Ganesha have been set up and worshipped in different parts of India with beautiful pandals.
Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated in Mumbai and different parts of Maharashtra along with Karnataka as well. Devotees offer a sweet dish to Lord Ganesha called as "Modak" while they rhyme the words "Ganpati Bappa Morya"
We can see that Ganesh Chaturthi is observed for a duration of 10 days and devotees bring idols of Lord Ganesha to their homes for worshipping. People often worship Lord Ganesha idols in separate ways i.e. for three days, five days, seven days and some stretch up to 11 days.
Large tents or "Pandals" are also set up in different parts of India especially in Maharashtra and Karnataka states to worship Lord Ganesha.
These pandals will apply eco-friendly techniques for the environment and some have also installed plastic crushers which will encourage the people to take responsibility for keeping the surroundings clean.
Many artists and sculptors have been working on for many months who have created Lord Ganesh idols and different pandals, which we come to see alive today along with larger than life celebrations.
To name a few, here are some of the top Ganpati pandals set up in Mumbai areas:
1. Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Lal Baug
Devotees stand in a long queue for many days to get a glimpse of Lalbaughcha Raja.
2.Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti, Andheri
This pandal is based and themed on Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple of Ujjain as it took special permissions to replicate the same.
3. Fort Vibhag Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Circle, Fort
This place has an area of 4700 sq. feet and Anant Savant and his team belonging to Rajasthan has designed this pandal. This pandal is known for its grand decoration and previously Anant Savant has also replicated Rajasthani palace with a 40 ft. large elephant gate.
4. Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) Seva Mandal, King’s Circle
This is the richest Mandal in Mumbai and it is also insured for a value of Rs 266.65 crore. Here, Ganpati idol is made of Gold and also has a clay idol since its inception. This pandal has a footfall of around 1 lakh visitors which can be captured by a drone camera.
5. Goud Saraswat Brahmin Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti, Wadala
This is another richest Mandal in Mumbai city having setup with 14 feet eco-friendly idol. Ganpati idol's hands, legs and hips are made of gold and decorated with diamonds. Devotees will also offer chain, ring and bracelet for the idol.
PUJA TIMINGS AND MAHURAT
With reference to the Puja timings, The 'Tithi' has started today as on September 2nd in early morning 4:57 am and will end on September 3rd at midnight 1:54 am. The Puja Muhurat has a duration of 2 hours and 31 minutes and it started at 11:05 am in the morning and continued till 1:36 pm noon time.
Devotees offer a special sweet dish called as 'Modak' which is an India sweet dish in the form of dumpling. Modak was considered to be the favourite of Lord Ganesha. Some also offer fresh fruits and coconuts while worshipping Lord Ganesha.
Later, Ganesh Visarjan will take place on September 12th, 2019 where Lord Ganesha idol will be immersed in water by devotees. At that point of time, people bid the idol with a promise that Lord Ganesha will return next year. This also refers that Lord Ganesha or as we say Ganpati Bappa goes back to Mount Kailash and re unites with his parents - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.