The celebrations which we are unaware of! Ganesh Chaturthi Special.

Ganesh Chaturthi is undoubtedly a big festival in India. The festival is spread over a period of 1–11 days. This festival is believed to mark the birth anniversary of the deity Ganesha and is celebrated on the 4th day of the Hindu Calendar month of Bhadrapada. Lord Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He is believed to remove obstacles and is involved for blessings at the start of any endeavour as the “Lord of good Beginnings”.

While it is one of the most important festivals in India, there are celebrations held across the country especially in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

During Ganeshotsav, devotees throng pandals across Mumbai and other cities, and feast on sweets such as Modak, which is considered Ganesha’s favourite. To mark the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in water (visarjan) to the chants of Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya (come back soon next year).

Ganeshotsav is celebrated with a great deal of pomp and fervour in Mumbai. the must-visit pandals include Lalbaugcha Raja which is believed to fulfil wishes and attracts millions of visitors; Goud Saraswat Brahim (GSB) Seva Mandal at King’s Circle, which is considered to be one of the richest mandals and known for their gold idols in the past; and the Keshavji Nai Chawl pandal in Girgaum, one of the oldest pandals (125-years-old).

How do we get to know about such pandals, sweets across the country which we would want to know but don’t know where to look out for. My friend told me if I am looking for Ukadiche Modak or steamed modak made of rice flour and stuffed with coconut, jaggery, and cardamom, I would get one at a Modakam near Prabhadevi or Aaswad in Dadar. For mawa modaks, she suggested me to visit Panshikar Sweets in Girgaon and Dadar. She is from Mumbai and she knows the place really well.

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By Gowthami Vasudev

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