Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. People wait for this festival eagerly. It is celebrated in various states of the country however in Maharashtra, it is celebrated especially. It is a most important festival of Hindus which devotees celebrate every year with great preparations and enthusiasm. According to the Hindu Mythology, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually on the birthday of the Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is known as Vighana Harta means remover of all obstacles for devotees and Vighana Karta means creator of problems for devil.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 11 days long Hindu festival which starts on the Chaturthi with statue installation in the home or temple and ends on Anant Chaturdashi with Ganesha Visarjan. Devotees of Lord Ganesha offer prayer, offerings (especially Modak), sing devotional songs, recite mantra, do aarti and seek his blessings of wisdom and prosperity. It is celebrated separately by the families or group of people in the Pandals or temples or community.
Ganesh Visarjan (means idol immersion into water) is a special and most important part of the puja. It is performed according to the Muhurat of the Ganesha Visarjan. Children of the houses actively involve in this puja and get blessings.