Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals in India. This spectacular festival is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Ganesh – The Elephant Headed God. He is the foremost Hindu God and is always worshiped in the beginning of every auspicious occasion. ‘He’ is the God of Education, Wisdom, Prosperity and Good Fortune.
The Festival is celebrated with great zeal, joy, and enthusiasm throughout India especially in the state of Maharashtra. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chavithi, and also as Vinayagar Chaturthi.
It is observed in the Hindu Calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period).
The festival lasts for 10 days and ends on Ananta Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). This usually falls between mid-August and September.