I’ve only been fortunate enough to witness this incredible spectacle once in my life at a very young age but the tradition and beauty of this incredible ceremony have never left me and i wish hope to be in India at this time of year again in the near future. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ is the Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesh.
Celebrated over 10 days during the Hindu month of Bhadra mainly by those in the west of India. Statues of Lord Ganesh are made from clay by people all over India that range in size from a few centimetres to 25 feet tall in the months leading up to the celebration.
During the 10 day celebration these statues are mounted on stages in front of peoples homes for others to pay homage. After the 10 Days of hymns and reciting of scriptures the 11th day marks the end of the celebrations in which all every community of each town dismount their statues and take them on a final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya” (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the river to immerse it.
For a more in depth explanation head over to this article by Subhamoy Das