Ganpati idol in Pune

The Indian state of Maharashtra is considered to be the birthplace of Ganesh Chaturthi, a massive festival that stretches for ten days, sometimes more, across the country. On this festival, idols of the elephant god are brought into homes and community for ten days before being immersed in water. And Mumbai is where this festival, which celebrates the birth of the god Ganesh, is said to be celebrated most grandly. But you don’t actually have to head to the streets of Mumbai every year; other parts of India celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with just as much zeal and vigor. If you want some alternatives to Mumbai, here are five cities in India where you can catch some exciting Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 celebrations. ALSO READ: Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Best Ganpati Pandals in Pune Also Read - Swara Bhaskar Has Close-to-Cinderella Moment at IIFA Awards 2019 And THESE Viral Pictures Are Proof!



Hyderabad

Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar, Hyderabad

The cities of Hyderabad and nearby Secundarabad see huge celebrations every year for Ganesh Chaturthi. You can find some of the largest idols of the god on display in the cities, with devotees performing prayers at beautifully made Pandals or platforms organized by communities. Idols of all colors, shapes and sizes will be on offer, at various markets, residential colonies and streets across the cities. Before the day of Visarjan comes soon on September 2 and 3, 2017, do take the time to visit the most famous points in Hyderabad during Ganesh Chaturthi, including Balapur, Kavadiguda, Durgam Cheruvu and Gowlipura (Old City). Khairtabad is also well worth a visit on this day. Also Read - Little Girl Playing Drums And Dancing to The Beats Dressed as Marathi Mulgi Make Twitter go All Cute - Viral Video



Mysore

Mysore Palace, Mysuru

Mysore Palace, Mysuru

The neighboring state of Karnataka celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi on a grand scale as well. But instead of heading to Bangalore, take the three-hour journey to the city of sandalwood, Mysore. The relatively quiet royal city has a very different atmosphere during Ganesh Chaturthi. Spirits are high as the Wadeyar royal family and the rest of the city’s residents celebrate the birthday of Ganesh with pomp and fervor. While idols will be on display here, people will also be following their own practices for the festival, buying coconuts and banana leaves as offerings to the gods and for preparing food for themselves. Willows are used to hold sacred items like rice, turmeric and more as an offering for the Gauri festival that comes a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. ALSO READ: Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 Celebration in Bengaluru: Clay idols, Cultural Events and more in Karnataka’s Capital City Also Read - Hyderabad’s Balapur Ganesh Laddu Weighing 21kgs Fetches Rs 17.6 Lakh in Auction, Prasad Gets Highest Bid in Ganpati Visarjan 2019

Delhi

New Delhi

New Delhi

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations as we know it come from the Maratha Empire, so it makes sense that many of the places once ruled by the Marathas still celebrate the festival with as much energy as they did centuries ago. One of these places is Delhi. Before it was capital of India, Delhi was once captured and ruled over by the Marathas, who brought the festival to its doors. Today, both Old and New Delhi celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, with around 50 Pandals set up every year, decorated by artists across the country. The city still has a sizeable Marathi population willing and ready to organize and carry out Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with the same vigor seen across Maharashtra.

Goa

Goa

Goa

This Ganesh Chaturthi, take a break from the beaches and shacks of Goa and head to its Ganesh Pandals instead. The state actually celebrates the festival as Chovoth, with the Pandals called Matov. These platforms are decorated with mango, banana, coconut and betel nut leaves, and special competitions and celebrations are head for the festival. Children, for instance, can take part in flower decoration competitions at various Matovs or Pandals. The Visarjan is also a grand affair in Goa. Special processions can be seen making their way across the state, with musicians playing the Ghumot and Shamel, traditional percussion instruments, along the way. CHECK OUT: Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Famous Ganesha Temples in Goa

Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

In Chennai, Ganesh Chaturthi is more popularly known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, and you can see celebrations happening everywhere in the city. The god is just as prominent and important in Tamil traditions as it is in Maharashtra. Ganesh, or Vinakaya, is the first god that people pray to because it is said that he removes all obstacles along the path of his devotees. In Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, you can find beautiful environment-friendly idols made of natural dyes and tapioca paste. The expansive Marina Beach is where most of the Visarjans take place. While you may not get the same sheer scale of idols as in Mumbai or Hyderabad, Chennai certainly does not lack in heart when it comes to Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations.