India gears up for Ganesh Chaturthi

Sat Sep 07 2013, 10:57 hrs
Ganesh Chaturthi, which begins from September 9, is celebrated as the birthday of lord Ganesh who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is also believed that lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during the duration of this festival.   Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Ganesh Chaturthi, which begins from September 9, is celebrated as the birthday of lord Ganesh who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is also believed that lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during the duration of this festival.
Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.  Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Hindu devotees transport a Ganesh idol from a workshop to the place of worship ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Hindu devotees transport a Ganesh idol from a workshop to the place of worship ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Devotees taking the idol of Lord Ganesh to the 'pandal' ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Thursday. (PTI)
Devotees taking the idol of Lord Ganesh to the 'pandal' ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Thursday. (PTI)
A clay idol of Ganesh is carried onto a passenger train before being transported to a place of worship in Mumbai.  Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, begins Sept. 9. The idols will be immersed in water bodies at the end of the festival. (AP)
A clay idol of Ganesh is carried onto a passenger train before being transported to a place of worship in Mumbai.
Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, begins Sept. 9. The idols will be immersed in water bodies at the end of the festival. (AP)
People load an idol of God Ganesha onto a vehicle ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad. . The ten day long Ganesh festival begins on Sept. 9. (AP)
People load an idol of God Ganesha onto a vehicle ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad.
. The ten day long Ganesh festival begins on Sept. 9. (AP)
Devotees take the Ganesh idols to the pandals for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Devotees take the Ganesh idols to the pandals for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Hindu devotees transport an idol of lord Ganesha from a workshop to the place of worship ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Thursday. (PTI)
Hindu devotees transport an idol of lord Ganesha from a workshop to the place of worship ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Thursday. (PTI)
Statues of Gauri placed at Lalbaug on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)
Statues of Gauri placed at Lalbaug on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)
It is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha during the festival will bring good luck and prosperity to the family.Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
It is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha during the festival will bring good luck and prosperity to the family.
Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
The milk and curd are likely to cost Rs 2 more from September 11 because of the festival in Karnataka. . Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
The milk and curd are likely to cost Rs 2 more from September 11 because of the festival in Karnataka.
. Sculptors work on lord Ganesha's idol ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (IE Photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Devotees carrying a huge idol of Lord Ganesh to the 'pandal' ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Akola on Wednesday. (PTI)
Devotees carrying a huge idol of Lord Ganesh to the 'pandal' ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Akola on Wednesday. (PTI)
Laddoos arranged before the idol of Lord Ganesh in a temple, ahead of week-long Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, in Jaipur on Wednesday. (PTI)
Laddoos arranged before the idol of Lord Ganesh in a temple, ahead of week-long Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, in Jaipur on Wednesday. (PTI)
For devotees of Ganesh, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will deploy 1,500 additional buses to facilitate convenient travel for commuters who plan to visit their native places in several districts and talukas of the Konkan region during the Ganapati festival on Friday at Nehru Nagar Kurla. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
For devotees of Ganesh, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will deploy 1,500 additional buses to facilitate convenient travel for commuters who plan to visit their native places in several districts and talukas of the Konkan region during the Ganapati festival on Friday at Nehru Nagar Kurla. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

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