Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 – Today marks the beginning of the the ten-day-long Ganesh Utsav as the city of Mumbai enters a festive mood to welcome its favourite Lord Ganesha.
To honour Lord Ganesha this year, Mumbai will have about 6,300 sarvajanik Ganesh pandals; more than 1.2 lakh home Ganesh idols and about 9,000 Gauri idols.
Last year, the city saw 1.86 lakh household idols during the 10-day festival and 11,556 Sarvajanik Ganesh pandals.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. This is a day set aside to pray to the god so that every new activity that is started is successfully completed without problems.
The yearly celebrations are traditionally held on the fourth day of the second fortnight in the month of Bhaadrapada in the Hindu calendar. This usually falls under August or September in the Gregorian calendar.
Meanwhile, security measures have been put in place as Mumbaikars are busy with finishing touches. Some are still decorating and doing some last minute shopping. Thus, the Mumbai Police is on alert to ensure that the city remains safe and peaceful during these ten days.
Drone cameras will be used by the Police to monitor five of the most crowded immersion points of the city.
In addition, traffic restrictions will also be put in strategic areas. This is to ensure the free movement of devotees flocking to the city for darshan and also to ensure that visarjan routes remain clear.
As Mumbai’s most popular ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’ has got himself a throne in the shape of a huge owl, ‘Mumbaicha Raja’ sits inside the replica of Badrinath temple. Also, ‘Andhericha Raja’ will sit on a replica of Kunkeshwar temple for the next ten days. We wish Indians a smooth Ganesh Chaturthi 2016.