« Thousands of Mumbai residents participated in a colourful and vibrant celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi on Tuesday.
Footage shows devotees gathering in the temple to offer prayers, perform their rituals, and seek the blessings of Ganesha, the esteemed elephant-headed god symbolizing wisdom and prosperity in Hindu mythology.
Pandals, temporary structures typically erected to honour gods and goddesses, are built in Mumbai and other places across the state, attracting thousands of worshippers during the 10-day festivities. These celebrations are widely acknowledged as some of the most significant in India.
“With the blessings of Ganesha, we will have more prosperity and wealth so I have come here with my wife to pray here and seek his blessings,” a devotee said.
Temples adorned with flowers and ornaments remain open 24/7 to welcome devotees from all across the country.
“Today around 500,000 to 1 million people are expected to visit this pandal and will offer prayers here, this is not just this year, every year we are experiencing a similar crowd,” one of the organisers said.
To ensure security during the Ganesh festival in Mumbai, approximately 14,000 police personnel have been deployed.
This year, the 10-day festival will be celebrated from 19 to 28 September. »