Mumbai is all dressed up with lights and mandaps (pavilions) for the arrival of Ganpati festival which is to begin on 15th September and will last for 10 days.
The annual festival in honor of Ganpati, the elephant-headed deity who is the remover of obstacles and the God of auspiciousness, been has observed for last 250 years
It is a community-based enterprise. Subscriptions are collected on behalf of a residential area, market, or organization for the purchase of large idols of Ganesh, which are then placed on pavilions and made the object of collective worship. Various song and parties are attached to each pavilion.
The festival is observed for ten days, and the immersions of the deity are carried out over the last twenty-four hours of the festival, and the honor of the last immersions, when immense crowds are gathered, falls to the most well known or affluent communities.
The Ganpati festival is an extraordinary testimony to the public place of religion in Indian life.
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