Ganesh Chaturthi 2016
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016Reuters

Ganesh (Vinayaka) Chaturthi, the religious festival celebrated to honour Lord Ganesh, will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 5, this year. Lord Ganesh, also known as Vinayaka and the remover of obstacles, is the symbol of good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and wealth.

The 10-day-long festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is mainly observed in Maharashtra, Gujarat and South India in the month of Bhadra as per the Hindu calendar.

As part of the festival, houses are cleaned apart from preparing special food and delicious sweets. On the first day of the festival, the clay idols of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, are placed at homes or in public pandals, where special prayers, songs and pujas are conducted.

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After worshiping for 10 days, the idols are taken through streets in colourful processions symbolising the seeing-off of Vinayaka's journey towards his abode, taking away the misfortunes of all mankind along with him. Later, the idols are immersed in a river or sea on the 11th day and the ritual is called Visarjan.

Check out best messages, wishes and greetings to be shared of Ganesh Chaturthi festival 2016:

Ganpati Bappa Morya
Mangal Murti Morya
Wish you the greetings of Ganesh Chaturthi.

May Lord Ganesh bless you abundantly with good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and wealth throughout your life. Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi 2016.

Here is the day to celebrate and to spend time with family. Wishing you the warm greetings of the Vinayaka festival. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

Lord Ganesha is our mentor and protector. May He enrich your life by always giving you great beginnings and removing obstacles from your life!
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Wishing you lots of happiness and Lord Ganesha's blessings on the auspicious occasion of
Ganesh Chathruti.
Enjoy the festival
Happy Ganesh Chathruti.

May Lord Ganesh removes all the obstacles and makes your life smooth with love and care. May you be blessed to lead a prosperous life. I wish all your dreams come true with Vinayaka. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2016.

May Lord Ganesha bestow you with eternal bliss, peace and contentment! A very happy and blessed Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family!

May Lord Ganesha shower abundant good luck on you
And may He always bestow you with His blessings!
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

May Lord Ganesha enrich your life
By giving you great beginnings and removing obstacles.
May blessings be showered upon you from heaven.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Vakratund mahakay
Suryakoti samprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume devam
Sarvakaryesu sarvada.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2016

On this auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, I wish you good luck and may all good fortune shine upon you with the blessings of Vinayaka. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.

May the divine blessings of Lord Ganesh bring you eternal bliss and may He hold your hands to the guide you in the right path always. Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi.