The 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which will begin in India on Monday, Sept. 5, has gripped the country once again. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, marks the birth of Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is considered as one of the most loved gods in Indian mythology and thus the festival is celebrated with lots of fun.
The first day of the Ganesh Chaturthi is a public holiday in India and interestingly, this year the festival will begin on a Monday. So people, who have weekends off, have got one more reason to celebrate with a three-day long holiday.
To make the best out of this Ganesh Chaturthi holiday, we have listed down a few places to visit during this festival, which according to HolidayIQ, are among the best places to visit this time.
Mumbai – Lalbaugh cha Raja and Siddhivinayak temple
Mumbai is one of the top places to visit during Ganeshotsav. So if you are in Mumbai, head straight to Lalbaugh cha Raja, which is one of the biggest pandals in the city. Lalbaugh cha Raja is a famous Sarvajanik Ganapati, kept at Lalbaug in Mumbai. Another place to visit is Siddhivinayak temple in Dadar, Mumbai.
The name itself suggests that the place will be lively enthusiastic during this festival. For five days, the Ganapatipule temple in Maharashtra becomes the centre of grand activities.
Pune celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety. The city has its own tradition when it comes to celebrating the 10-day festival. If you are in Pune do visit Kasbapeth for a darshan of Kasba Ganpati. One can also check out Saras Baug, Shreemant Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati and Dagdu Sheth temple.
Bengaluru also celebrates Ganeshotsav with devotion and joy for five days. If you are in Bengaluru do visit Panchamukha Heramba Ganapati Temple, Shri Jambu Ganapati Temple and Ananthanagar Ganapati Temple during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Hyderabad has one of the largest Ganesh idols. The Ganesh idol, which is made in almost four months, is set up at Khairtabad in Hyderabad.
Unlike Mumbai, the festival is not celebrated on a grand note in Chennai, but you cannot miss this festival if you are in the city. Locals set up Ganesh idols across the city and also celebrate the festival at Marina Beach.