Mumbai Prepares For Festivities With Ganesh Chaturthi Starting Today

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Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to mark the birth anniversary of the deity and is celebrated on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada. After the pandal is thrown open to devotees, the aarti is scheduled to take place at 12:30 PM, by mandal's president Sudam Kamble.

There are many stories we listen which say about the history of Ganesh Chathurthi. The devotees crooned lovely and melodious religious songs and prayers as well the devotees chant Ganesha mantras in the name of Ganesha as their favorite idols which are carried to the sea and immersed.

In 2015, the National Green Tribunal banned immersion of idols made from non-biodegradable materials like quick-setting gypsum plaster, also known as Plaster of Paris, or plastic in the Yamuna. People performs Ganapathi pooja on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The "KHANdaan", Salman Khan and his family celebrate all festivals with much anticipation and indulge in all traditional activities accordingly.

This year, a controversy has erupted over the origins of public Ganeshotsav with Pune's Shriman Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati Trust claiming that its founder, Bhau Laxman Jawale had launched it in 1892 and Tilak's celebrations came only after two years. In Mumbai, 15,000 small and large pandals and idols are installed, many of which are decorated with real gold and diamond ornaments.

No to Meat, Egg, and Alcohol for 10 days. He is also the god of intellect and wisdom, according to Ganesh Purana. School children are in the process of carrying this further by making clay idols and gifting them away.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher, also wished his fans by writing, 'On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh chaturthi I wish good luck to everyone. Another idol-maker, Bolanath, said the income they get from these idols under the new tax regime is insufficient for them to make a living. While Maharashtra witnesses grand celebrations, rest of India too indulges in worship of Ganesha, who is considered as remover of all obstacles.