Ganapati Navaratri or Ganesh Utsav is one of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals in the Indian calendar.The festival has a lot of history and significance.He is known to the remover of obstacles and is propitiated before any activity is undertaken, students before writing examinations, builders before laying the foundation, any auspicious activity big or small will always be preceded by an invocation to Ganesha
It is held that the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi was started in the tenure of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. During India’s freedom struggle Lokmanya Tilak changed Ganesh Chaturthi from a private celebration to a grand public festival where people from all castes of the society rich and poor, young and old all come together and pray for peace, prosperity and unity. It is a time of bonhomie and the air of festivity is accentuated with the music and dance that accompanies the ritual of the immersion of the idol.
A nine day festival almost every street has a pandal with an idol, where along with rites and rituals, cultural programmes are organised. The idol is made with different kinds of materials, ranging from clay to leaves, flowers, coconuts, bangles, pens, pencils, nuts, coins……… There is no limit to creativity.
Some of the various forms of Ganesha.