Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 is here. If you are in India, you may already have heard early morning aartis and chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya”. One of India’s most prominent festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and fervor all across India. Ganpati Utsav celebration in Maharashtra is the best in the country. Mumbai is home to a number of marvelous pandals. Lalbaugcha Raja, one of Mumbai’s biggest pandals, attracts visitors from all over the country. Pune too has a bunch of amazing Ganpati pandals which are worth a visit. This year, Ganpati celebration in Bangalore is special as the city has opted for clay idols. Mysore too hosts amazing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations characterized by delicious food item offerings on banana leaves. However, what makes this festival special are the amazing idols and rituals performed to please Ganpati. For 11 days, people are in a festive mood. They offer prayers, abstain from non-vegetarian food and alcohol, and also participate in cultural events, all to celebrate the Ganesh Utsav. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi 2017, here are some astonishing Ganpati Utsav images that will make you want to visit a pandal NOW! Also Read - Ganesh Visarjan 2017: Your Guide to traveling Around Mumbai During Ganpati Visarjan

That’s the famous Lalbaughcha Raja 2017 – Mumbais most famous Ganpati pandal

Lalbaughca Raja 2017 - Lalbaugcha Raja FB page

Lalbaughca Raja 2017 – Lalbaugcha Raja FB page

Devotees surrounding a huge Ganesha idol during Ganesh Chaturthi

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The festival is extremely prominent in Mumbai

A Ganesh idol during the Ganesh Festival in Mumbai - Mumbai - Maharashtra

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

Another mammoth Ganesha idol during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Ganesh Festival

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Ganesh Chaturthi in Kerala’s Trivandram

Ganesh Chaturthi in Trivandram

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Another picture of Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai surrounded by enthusiastic devotees

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2205 - ninadism/Wikimedia Commons

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2205 – ninadism/Wikimedia Commons

We leave you with this wonderful photo that sums up Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in India

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

These Ganesh Chaturthi images show the fervor surrounding this amazing Indian festival. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 begins on August 25 and it is expected to be celebrated with as much enthusiasm as every other year in India.