India celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi

Mon Sep 09 2013, 09:28 hrs
Throughout India celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi festival, have started today (September 9). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted the nation on Ganesh Chaturthi. State Reserve Police (SRP) personnel carry Lord Ganesha idol for a pandal inside the SRP training centre, in Vadodara on  Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
Throughout India celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi festival, have started today (September 9).
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted the nation on Ganesh Chaturthi.
State Reserve Police (SRP) personnel carry Lord Ganesha idol for a pandal inside the SRP training centre, in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
In his message, Manmohan Singh said this festival, with a tradition rooted in the freedom struggle, inspired all to reaffirm the cherished values of brotherhood, unity and secularism.  Devotees carry Lord Ganesha idol to be set up at the darbar hall situated inside Laxmi Vilas Palace, home to the erstwhile rulers of Baroda estate accompanied by a royal music band, in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
In his message, Manmohan Singh said this festival, with a tradition rooted in the freedom struggle, inspired all to reaffirm the cherished values of brotherhood, unity and secularism.
Devotees carry Lord Ganesha idol to be set up at the darbar hall situated inside Laxmi Vilas Palace, home to the erstwhile rulers of Baroda estate accompanied by a royal music band, in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
"Ganesh Chaturthi inspires us to dedicate ourselves to the larger cause of nation building," he said.  Devotees carry a Lord Ganesha idol in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
"Ganesh Chaturthi inspires us to dedicate ourselves to the larger cause of nation building," he said.
Devotees carry a Lord Ganesha idol in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
"May this festival bring joy, prosperity, peace and happiness to all," he added.  Devotees carry Lord Ganesha idol to be set up at the darbar hall in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
"May this festival bring joy, prosperity, peace and happiness to all," he added.
Devotees carry Lord Ganesha idol to be set up at the darbar hall in Vadodara on Monday. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)
“In view of intelligence inputs of possible terror strikes, Mumbai Police has drawn an extensive security plan to maintain a hawk-eyed vigil for the Ganesh festival beginning tomorrow.  Devotees carrying Lord Ganesha idol to a 'pandal' on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
“In view of intelligence inputs of possible terror strikes, Mumbai Police has drawn an extensive security plan to maintain a hawk-eyed vigil for the Ganesh festival beginning tomorrow.
Devotees carrying Lord Ganesha idol to a 'pandal' on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Police have also started an initiative - "Mumbai Ke Liye 1 Minute" - which appeals citizens to take out one minute to look around if they spot a suspicious person, object or vehicle and call on helpline number 100 or 022-22633333.  A Muslim family offering prayers to Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Police have also started an initiative - "Mumbai Ke Liye 1 Minute" - which appeals citizens to take out one minute to look around if they spot a suspicious person, object or vehicle and call on helpline number 100 or 022-22633333.
A Muslim family offering prayers to Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
"We have prepared a tight security plan but it will be more effective with the support of the public, who need to keep their eyes and ears open," Joint Police Commissioner (Law & Order) Sadanand Date said today.  Hindu and Muslims participate in a procession on the occasion on Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
"We have prepared a tight security plan but it will be more effective with the support of the public, who need to keep their eyes and ears open," Joint Police Commissioner (Law & Order) Sadanand Date said today.
Hindu and Muslims participate in a procession on the occasion on Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Last month, the police had also distributed manuals among 6,000 Ganesh pandal organisers listing details of security measures and traffic arrangements during the festival, telephone numbers of various agencies, senior police officials and disaster control rooms.  Devotees offer prayer to ice statue of Lord Ganesha displayed at a Ganesh mandal, Kurla during Ganesh chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Last month, the police had also distributed manuals among 6,000 Ganesh pandal organisers listing details of security measures and traffic arrangements during the festival, telephone numbers of various agencies, senior police officials and disaster control rooms.
Devotees offer prayer to ice statue of Lord Ganesha displayed at a Ganesh mandal, Kurla during Ganesh chaturthi in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
School children using vegetables to make an idol of Lord Ganesh ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Moradabad on Sunday. (PTI)
School children using vegetables to make an idol of Lord Ganesh ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Moradabad on Sunday. (PTI)
On the eve of Ganesh Festival, preparation of decoration of Chintamani is in full speed in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
On the eve of Ganesh Festival, preparation of decoration of Chintamani is in full speed in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
The festival is celebrated widely as Lord Ganesha is unique not only for India but also for the world at large and is worshiped as God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and is invoked at the start of any new venture. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)
The festival is celebrated widely as Lord Ganesha is unique not only for India but also for the world at large and is worshiped as God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and is invoked at the start of any new venture. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)
Meanwhile cities are abuzz with festival eve preparations. Clay models of Lord Ganesha made by rural artisans are displayed in all areas and material like paper umbrellas and flowers are also being sold by the young and the old.A family shops for Ganesha idols in Rohtak. (IE Photo)
Meanwhile cities are abuzz with festival eve preparations. Clay models of Lord Ganesha made by rural artisans are displayed in all areas and material like paper umbrellas and flowers are also being sold by the young and the old.
A family shops for Ganesha idols in Rohtak. (IE Photo)
A Ganesha statue made from thermocol is depicted using bicycle even as his pet mice play on motorcycle that remains out of use because of high petrol price, in Ahmedabad. (IE Photo: Javed Raja)
A Ganesha statue made from thermocol is depicted using bicycle even as his pet mice play on motorcycle that remains out of use because of high petrol price, in Ahmedabad. (IE Photo: Javed Raja)
Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and specially erected temporary structures mandapas (pandals) in every locality. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)
Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and specially erected temporary structures mandapas (pandals) in every locality. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)
The pandals are erected by the people or a specific society or locality or group by collecting monetary contributions. The pandals are decorated specially for the festival, either by using decorative items like flower garlands, lights, etc. or are theme based decorations, which depict religious themes or current events. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
The pandals are erected by the people or a specific society or locality or group by collecting monetary contributions. The pandals are decorated specially for the festival, either by using decorative items like flower garlands, lights, etc. or are theme based decorations, which depict religious themes or current events. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
On the eve of Ganesh Festival, Muslim people carrying a Ganesh Idol in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
On the eve of Ganesh Festival, Muslim people carrying a Ganesh Idol in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
The priest then with the chanting of mantras invokes the presence of Ganesha using the statue as a channel, or body for his energy. This ritual is the Pranapratishhtha. On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi families take home Ganesh idols from shops in Pune. (IE Photo: Pavan Khengre)
The priest then with the chanting of mantras invokes the presence of Ganesha using the statue as a channel, or body for his energy. This ritual is the Pranapratishhtha.
On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi families take home Ganesh idols from shops in Pune. (IE Photo: Pavan Khengre)
Laborers load a huge statue of Gnapati for transportation on the eve of Ganesh Festival. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
Laborers load a huge statue of Gnapati for transportation on the eve of Ganesh Festival. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)
After this the ritual called as Shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute) follows. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)
After this the ritual called as Shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute) follows. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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