The bustling noises on the streets, the decorations at the doorsteps, and the mouth-watering delicacies witness the advent of Ganesha, the Lord of wisdom, fortune and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated indicating an honour to the birth of the Elephant-headed Lord.
Maharashtra stands out from the map for its unique way of celebrating the festival than any other places in the country. The first celebration of the festival dates back to the time when it was initiated by the Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and later re-established by a social reformer Bal Gangadhar Tilak, since then Maharashtrians hold a special place in their hearts for Ganesh Chaturthi. Millions of devotees run a public procession of the idol with thumping music and graceful dance. The celebration prolongs for 11 days in Maharashtra with each day adding surprises and excitement to the festival.