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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Celebration in 2021

If you are planning for a holiday in Mumbai then make sure you are there at the time of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Celebrated extravagantly in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu and slowly expanding to other parts of India. This festival is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi Festival has also spread to countries like the United States, Canada and many Southeast Asian countries. One of the major festivals in India that is celebrated by the Hindus, the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is usually celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar. The joyful occasion starts on the propitious fourth day of the waxing moon period, traditionally known as “Shukla Chaturthi”.

It is 10 days of extravaganza and rendezvous that ends on the fourteenth day of the waxing moon period or “Anant Chaturdasi ”. It is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Mumbai with a great pomp and show. Devotees from all over the world come here to see the grandeur of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival and take part in the celebration.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Dates 2021

The hymn of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2021 is going to bell the sanctity from 10th of September to 19th of September.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2021– 10th September 2021
  • Anant Chaturdashi 2021– 19th September 2021

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A Brief History on Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

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Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, one of the Hindu deities, the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is said to have been celebrated since the time of Shivaji… although it is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated.

The event was largely popularized by the Peshwas in the 18th century BUT it lost its patronage slowly after 1818. Later in the late 19th century, Lokmanya Tilak encouraged the annual domestic festival and saw to it that it grew into a large and well-organized national festival motivating both the Brahmins and non-Brahmins.

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Mythology and Belief Related to Ganesh Chaturthi

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According to tradition, one should not look at the moon during some specific times on Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed if a person looks at the moon, he’ll be cursed and will be accused of theft. The belief originated from the incident from Lord Krishna, who was falsely accused of stealing a valuable jewel.

It was Sage Narada who suggested that Lord Krishna must’ve seen the moon on Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi (the occasion that Ganesh Chaturthi falls on) and was cursed because of it. Therefore, it is believed, anyone who saw the moon during a specific time in Ganesh Chaturthi would be cursed in a similar way.

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Why and how was the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival celebrated?

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According to tradition, one should not look at the moon during some specific times on Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed if a person looks at the moon, he’ll be cursed and will be accused of theft. The belief originated from the incident from Lord Krishna, who was falsely accused of stealing a valuable jewel. It was Sage Narada who suggested that Lord Krishna must’ve seen the moon on Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi (the occasion that Ganesh Chaturthi falls on) and was cursed because of it. Therefore, it is believed, anyone who saw the moon during a specific time in Ganesh Chaturthi would be cursed in a similar way.

Lord Ganesha is a non-sectarian Hindu deity and hence at the time of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival you will notice that there is a rendezvous of people belonging from different social status. The grand celebration starts with the installation of Ganesh idols in colorfully decorated pandals (erected temporary structures) … followed by ‘pran pratishtha’ where the chanting of mantras invokes the presence of Ganesha.

Thereafter, ‘shodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute)’ is followed. At the time of the ritual coconut, jaggery, modaks, durva (trefoil) blades of grass and red flowers are offered and throughout the ceremonial occasion several Vedic hymns echo down the mind of devotees bringing in a divine peace. Further… if you are in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, you will notice several music and dance performances, especially the Bharatanatyam dance. On the last day, immersion of the statues in the ocean, or other bodies of water, and their subsequent destruction serves as a reminder of this belief. In Mumbai… the occasion is celebrated with great fervor bringing in celebrities, business tycoons and common man under a divine allegiance.

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Significance of Anant Chaturdashi/ Immersion of the Idol

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The immersion of the idol takes place on the day of Anant Chaturdashi. The word Anant means infinite or eternal energy or immortality, whereas Chaturdashi means 14th. Thus, the occasion falls on the 14th day of the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar and on it Lord Ananta, which is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped.

Immersion of the idol has a belief attached to it; Hindus believe in the concept of constant change in the world which construes what it is there today in one form or the other will tomorrow be formless. The concept of immersion is thus a reminder of this belief.

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Popular Must Visit Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Lal Baughcha Raja Ganesh Pandal

The best from the rest of all the Ganpati Pandals of Mumbai is the pandal of Lal Baughcha Raja. It is a must not miss Pandal to visit for a Ganpati Festival Celebration in Mumbai. Lakhs of devotees from all over the world came to Mumbai to witness this grand festival and seek divine blessings from Lord Ganesha. It was established in 1934. Lord Ganpati was established here as Navasacha Ganpati, the one who fulfills all the wishes. The sculpture of Lal Baughcha Raja has been made by Kambli family since many decades.

Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti, Andheri

Azad Nagar Samiti is one of the most popular Ganpati Pandals in Mumbai. If you are in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi Festivities then you must visit this pandal. It was established in the year 1966 and since then it celebrates the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival with great pride and glory. Here Lord Ganesh is known as Andhericha Raja. One should not miss the traditional celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi Utsav.  The most interesting fact about this Pandal is that Lord Ganapati fulfilled the wish of the chairman of this Samiti Shri Appa Khanvilkar and after that Lord Ganapati came to be known as ‘Navsala Pavnara Ganpati’ who was later known as Andhericha Raja (King of Andheri). It is the best place to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Maharashtra.

Fort Vibhag Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Circle, Fort

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in 2021 would be more interesting and joyful if you visit this most popular Ganesh pandal in Maharashtra.  Here Lord Ganesha is known as Fortcha Icchapurti or wish fulfilling Ganesha. It is run by Ravi Sauve who is a great devotee of Lord Ganesha. This pandal is very popular for its grand decoration and artwork. One should not miss this pandal at any cost if they want to enjoy the festival of Vinayak Chaturthi.

Girgaoncha Raja

There are many Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai but the grandeur of Girgaoncha Raja is something else. This year it will be the 93rd year of Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja celebration. It is the oldest Ganapati Pandals in Mumbai.  The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is always done in a eco- friendly manner. The grandeur and glory of this pandal is such that once our honorable PM Mr Narendra Modi mentioned this Pandal in ‘Man ki Baat’. So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the oldest Ganpati Pandal of Mumbai.

Khetwadicha Ganraj

Khetwadicha Ganraj was established in the year 1959 and since then there is no turning back in the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a very popular Ganpati Pandal in Maharashtra.  In 2000, the Mandal of Khetwadicha Ganraj made the highest Ganapati idol of 40 ft in the avatar of Parshurama. The idol of Khetwadicha Ganraj is the tallest Ganapati idol of Maharashtra. It is a must visit Pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebration 2021.

GSB Seva Mandal

It is a mind-boggling experience to see the Ganesh Idols of one of the richest groups in Mumbai. GSB Seva Mandal is very popular for its expensive and beautiful Ganesha Idols. This year it is the 67th Ganapati Festival celebration for the mandal. Every year the festival of Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and splendor but this year keeping in mind the covid guidelines poojas are booked online and the festival will be celebrated for 5 days – 10th September to 14th September.

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Must Visit Temples in India During Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

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Ashtavinayak Temple in Pune, Maharashtra

The Moreshwar Temple in Morgaon, Siddhivinayek Temple in Ahmednagar, Ballaleshwar Temple in Pali, Varad Vinayak Temple in Mahad, Chintamani Temple in Theur, Girijatmaj Temple in Lenyadri, Vighnahar Temple in Ozar and Mahaganapati Temple in Ranjangaon are the notable eight temples in Pune dedicated to Lord Ganesha where you can experience the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.

Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, Maharashtra

It is one of the popular temples in India that is located in Prabhadevi in Mumbai. The temple holds a small hall with the shrine of Siddhivinayak, a gold-plated sanctum, carved images of Ashtavinayak, a statue of Lord Ganesha and a Hanuman temple as well. The temple witnesses a large gathering of Bollywood celebrities, politicians and business tycoons at the time of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival and thus you can expect tight security.

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Built in the 11th century by the Cholas, it is one of the ancient temples in India that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Located in Chittoor, which is approximately 580 kilometers from Hyderabad, the Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple is also popular for the gala affair on the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.

Karpaka Vinayakar Temple in Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu

Another ancient temple in India that was built in the 4th century… the Karpaka Vinayakar Temple, which is also known as Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar temple in Tirupattur, is a rock cut cave shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated in a grand manner and one can also witness several cultural programs.

Chintaman Ganesh Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

It is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is the biggest Ganesha temple in Ujjain… hence the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival overflows with eager enjoyment.

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Ganpati Bappa Morya! We hope that this blog will help you in planning your trip to Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja celebrations. Follow all the covid protocols and enjoy the festivities in the best Ganpati Pandals, relish some lip-smacking delicacies and inculcate positive vibes and divine grace from Lord Ganesha. You can also book Ganpati festival Tour from TourMyIndia and get the best deals on it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the dates for Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2021?

10th September to 19th September.

Q.What will be the timings for Ganesh Chaturhi Pooja?

The timings will be 11:00 am to 13:33 pm, it's the Madhyana Ganesh Puja Muhurat.

Q.What are the guidelines or Tips to follow to enjoy the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai?

  • Follow the covid Guidelines while enjoying the festival in a pandal in Mumbai.
  • There will be numerous devotees who would want to book pooja slots. To avoid rush, book your pooja slot online in advance.
  • You can also take Ganesh Festival tours to get the best experience of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.
  • Take full benefits of night transport services. It's also very economical to travel in Mumbai.
  • No liquor, non- veg food and cigarettes are allowed during the festival.

Q.What is the Ganesh Chaturthi Specific special delicacies to enjoy in Mumbai?

Some of the special delicacies to enjoy only during Ganesh Chaturthi Festival are -

  • Modak
  • Puran Poli
  • Patholi
  • Shrikhand
  • Sabudana Vada

Published: 03 Aug, 2021

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Swairik Das

Brought up from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, Swairik Das is a passionate traveller who seeks to travel and explore the length and breadth of the country. He is also a dedicated travel writer, blogger and photographer who by heart is also an adventure freak. His focus is mostly into exploring and writing on trekking, jungle safaris and several adventure activities; religion, festival, heritage, people and cuisine.