Mumbaikars Welcome Lord Ganesha On Ganesh Chaturthi


Mumbai: Mumbaikars on Monday welcomed the God of good luck and prosperity–Lord Ganesha–into their homes and community pandals, kick-starting 10-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with zeal and fervour.

The festival commenced with devotees installing colourfully-crafted idols of their most beloved and venerated deity, Ganesha, in their homes and beautifully decorated pandals across the city.

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The mood was full of gaiety and devotion, with chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ reverberating across- as devotees took part in ‘aarti’ at several temples, including the famous Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in South Mumbai.

This year, even megastar Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice for a ‘aarti’ at Siddhivinayak Temple. The 73-year-old actor has recorded the aarti in his voice and tweeted that it is a “blessing” for him to be given this “divine honour”.

Several popular Ganesh Mandals were thronged by devotees since early morning, with the popular Lalbaugcha Raja kick-starting the prayers at 4 AM, followed by darshan for devotees at 6 AM. The Ganesh idol here resides on a throne shaped like an Owl.

Other prominent Ganesh mandals like GSB Seva Mandal in Kings circle, has a 14-feet long idol made of clay while Wadala GSB Mandal has designed its pandal like the famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. These pandals witnessed a sea of people waiting to get darshan of the elephant-headed God.

Bollywood personalities like Salman Khan, Jeetendra, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty, Suresh Wadekar, Govinda and a host of Marathi film and theatre actors are prominent among the celebrities who celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at their homes.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also installed a Ganesh idol at his residence and took to Twitter to share the same.