It falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. In 2014, Ganesh Chaturthi 2014 is on August 29. It is celebrated for the following 11 days, with the biggest spectacle taking place on the last day called Ananta Chaturdasi day. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated as the Birth Anniversary of Lord Ganesh, the God of Wisdom and Prosperity of Hindu mythology. Approximately 6000 idols of Ganesh are commissioned for Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai alone.
The idol of Ganesh is installed at homes and temples and worshipped for ten days. The houses are cleaned up before the idol of Ganesha is installed. The idol is brought home with face covered with a saffron cloth amidst chanting of shlokas. Ganesh Visarjan is the culmination of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival which celebrates the birthday of elephant-headed god Ganesha. Thousands of processions converge on Mumbai’s beaches like Chowpatty & Dadar to immerse holy idols in the sea, accompanied by drum beats, devotional songs and dancing.
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in western and southern India. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada and Fiji.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2014