While Ganesh Chaturthi might be a Hindu festival to celebrate Lord Ganesha’s journey back home it is celebrated with a lot of fervor by all the citizens in the country. In fact, people from all over the world descend upon India to watch and participate in the Chaturthi festivities. If you like so many from the nation want to see what Chaturthi is all about these 5 best places to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi list is just for you.
There’s something about this city, the city that never sleeps and where dreams are made. Mumbai takes the number one spot for the best Chaturthi celebration only for the scale on which it happens. If you would like to know what it feels like to have an entire city, the financial capital of our nation, come to a standstill the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations is the day to do it. Hundreds of thousands of people leave their homes and follow the procession of the Ganesh idols as they make their way to the sea. You can also get a taste of local vegetarian delicacies like puran poli, modak of different varieties and more.
If you’re looking for a Chaturthi festivities with a historical twist head to Pune. As you wander into old town, the peth areas, you’ll stumble across a ton of temporary pandals which house some of the best decorate Ganesh Idols in India. A lot of effort goes into decking up the roads and temples for the Ganesh Utsav every year. There are several must see Ganesh Idols in the city like the Kasba Peth Ganapati, Saras Baug Ganapati, however if you’re pressed for time and can only visit one shrine, make sure you head to the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Mandir. If you really want to feel the essence of the Ganesh Utsav go here.
While not as elaborate a celebrations as the ones in Maharashtra, Goa has its own magic when it comes to the Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s a time for families to get together and play songs, musical instruments and dine on the best vegetarian foods you have probably had. If you’re lucky enough to have family or friends who celebrate Ganesh in Goa, take the opportunity to head over to know a unique Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. You’ll love the chimes of the ghumot as the prayer procession passes by.
Not a festival most people would associate with Hyderabad but that’s what makes it so special. Ganapati Navratri is one of the adored celebrations by people all across Hyderabad. The best part of the celebrations is the coming together of thousands of devotees as they head towards Hussain Sagar Lake for the Ganesh Idol immersion process. Learn some chants and head over to join in for some fun.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Ganesh Celebrations at Thiruvananthapuram. Local artists, dancers, singers, and other artisans are in full display all the way from the temple to the Sanghumukham Beach. There are a variety of songs, musical instruments that ring throughout the entire time. Most idols in Thiruvananthapuram are made in an eco friendly way using only clay and milk
While the festivities may be raging all over the country these 5 cities form the best places to enjoy the Ganesh Utsav in India. If you’d like to be a part of these celebrations get in touch with Smiles Holidays for your Indian festivals tour booking.