Ganesh Chaturthi– This is the festival that all Mumbaikar eagerly wait for a year to celebrate. The festival unites whole Mumbai in one color, joy and with high spirit.The festival is celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and son of Lord Shiva. He considered as one who removes the obstacles.
History Of Ganesha
The most relevant one dates back to the time of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Parvati used her sandalwood paste and created Ganesha in the absence of Shiva. She gave him the work of guarding her bathroom door while she was bathing. After Shiva had returned home, Ganesha and Shiva got into a tiff due to which Shiva severed the head of the child. Witnessing this site, Parvati enraged, and Lord Shiva promised to get Ganesh back to life. The followers searched for a baby’s head facing north, but all they could find was an elephant’s head. And that’s how our little Ganesha was born.
Significance of Ganesha Chaturthi
This festival is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm especially in western India, and in particular Maharashtra state. Here the celebration lasts for ten days and the deity of Ganesha is kept for all these ten days even by common people of Maharashtra. Worship of Lord Ganesha was started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and this was done as a non-community affair.
Huge Pandals (temporary shrines) are erracted all over Mumbai , of all Pandals in Mumbai,Lalbaugcha Raja is the most popular , most visited and probably the richest among all, People wait for long in queue for a glimpse of their favorite and friendly God, if you are lucky , one can even find Bollywood actors performing Aarti to Ganesha.
The festival falls mostly during late Aug or early September , if one is visiting Mumbai during GaneshUtsav, do take out time and visit any of the pandals in City or in Suburbs. A advisory is that , be prepare to get traffic /roadblockage/crowd in Mumbai during this time period.So, lets welcome , Mumbai ka Boss- bole to Ganpati- aa-laa-reee