Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the
son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on
earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely
worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak, an Indian nationalist, social reformer
and freedom fighter reshaped the annual Ganesh festival from private
family celebrations into a grand public event.
The main sweet dish during the festival is the modak A modak is
a dumpling made from rice flour/wheat flour with a stuffing of fresh
or dry-grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits and some other condiments.
It is either steam-cooked or fried.
Today, the Ganesh Festival is not only a popular festival - it has
become a very critical and important economic activity for Maharashtra.
Many artists, industries, and businesses survive on this mega-event.
Mostly Ganesh Festival is Celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. One of the best places to experience the festival is in the city of Mumbai.
The date of Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. This is August or September each year. It's commonly celebrated for 11 days, with the biggest spectacle taking place on the last day called Ananta Chaturdasi.
•In 2012, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 19 (Ananta Chaturdasi on September 29).
•In 2013, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 9 (Ananta Chaturdasi on September 19).
•In 2014, Ganesh Chaturthi is on August 29 (Ananta Chaturdasi on September 8).
MANDALS IN MUMBAI
Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
Lalbaugcha Ladka Lambodar - (Rangari Badak Chawl)
These nine nights are dedicated to the three main goddesses of Hinduism - Parvati, Lakshmi and Sarasvati
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