Final aarti before the Visarjan

Ganesh Utsav – The Harbinger of Hindu Festivities

Lord Ganesha leaves for his heavenly abode today leaving his divine blessings on us. The ‘Visarjan” (immersion of the idol in the waters) marks the end of the ten days long Ganesh Utsav. It begins on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the fourth day of the waxing moon phase that is the ‘Chaturthi of the Shukla Paksha’ in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu calendar – the day of worship of Lord Ganesh. The festival can also be seen as the herald of Hindu festivities.

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Punyache Ganapati

Ganesh Utsav is the 10-day long Hindu festival starting from Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated with pomp and grandeur throughout the nation. The first place that comes to mind during this festival is Mumbai. But Pune is not far behind, this being the probable birthplace of the festival. The legacy passed on from generations till date. From Kasba Ganapati Mandal to Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganapati to Dagduseth Halwai trust to the Tulsi Baug Ganapati, many such big names are linked to the celebration in Pune.

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