My favourite festival of the year is on at the moment in Mumbai — Ganesh Chaturthi. This 11 day festival honours the birth of Lord Ganesh. Worshipped for his ability to remove obstacles, he’s one of India’s most popular and much loved gods.
Ganesh Chaturthi commences with a great deal of fanfare. Huge statues of Lord Ganesh are placed on podiums inside beautifully decorated tents (called pandals) all over the city. Chanting, music, and dancing fill the streets. It’s magical to enter the tents, and feel the energy in there. I find it very powerful and uplifting. It’s even cured me of a headache!
On Sunday, the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, I joined the crowds and went pandal hopping. Here are some photos of the captivating displays.