The Mumbai Ganesh Festival is one of the most loved festivals in Mumbai. Ganesh Chaturthi is the first day and Ganesh Visarjan is the 10th day of Ganpati Festival.
The Ganesh Festival in Mumbai, which is also known as Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated every year between August and September. This festival is celebrated in Mumbai for Ten Days where, residents of Mumbai, bring small idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes, housing societies and neighbourhoods bring huge statues of Ganesha and pray to Vinayaka for ten days.
This is one of the most popular festivals in Mumbai. No one exactly knows when this festival was first started. Many Maharashtrians believe that Maratha King Shivaji who offered strong resistance to Muslim Mughals in the 17th Century in Maharashtra, started the Festival of Ganpati after the Mughal Maratha Wars. Ganesha is the God who takes away all the obstacles from people's lives. Ganesha is also worshipped and prayed to before starting any business or work in order to make it successful.
The festival was started on public basis in the 20th century by freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. During those times the British had imposed countless restrictions on Indians. One such restriction was that people could not gather together, as the British feared that this would lead to a conspiracy against the British by the Indians. The British could not stop cultural and religious festivals. So Lokmanya Tilak thought of using Ganesh festival as a way to bring people together with this amazing festival.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in 2018?
The Mumbai Ganesh Festival or Ganesh Chaturthi starts on 13th September 2018.
The best places to stay in Mumbai during the Ganesh Festival are Trident Hotel, Oberoi Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel Marine Drive and Hotel Marine Plaza, as all these hotels are on the Marine drive, and tourists can visit the Chowpatty beach on the last date of the Ganesh Festival, which is also called the Ganesh Visarjan as the Girgaon Chowpatty beach is walkable distance from the Marine Drive.
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