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- Nowadays Mumbai is the best place to watch the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Ganesh Chaturthi falls between 22 August and 20 September every year. Amidst loud bellow of “Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya”, in Mumbai commences the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations each year.
- The festival ends on the tenth day after start, when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually.
- The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence] and is observed throughout India.
- The primary sweet dish during the festival is Modak.
- A modak is a dumpling made from rice or wheat flour, stuffed with grated coconut, dried fruits, and other condiments and steamed or fried.
- Although it is unknown when Ganesh Chaturthi was first observed, the festival has been publicly celebrated in Pune since the era of Shivaji Maharaj (1630–1680).
- In colonial India, the Ganesh festival lost state patronage and became a private family celebration until its revival by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak.