Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth.
Ganesh Chaturthi festivities have begun in the country today. The 10-day festival celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles. Amid the chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya”, people are bringing the Ganpati idol home today. Some are also participating in street processions, visiting famous pandals where Lord Ganesha’s idols are placed. People are decked up in fine clothes and sweets are being prepared as a festival treat. On the last of the festival on Anant Chaturdashi or Ganesh Visarjan on September 22, the Ganesha idols will be immersed into a water body – a sea or a river.
As the grand celebrations began, leaders wished the nation on Ganesh Chaturthi on micro-blogging site Twitter. Here’s what they are saying:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 13, 2018
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani:
– Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 13, 2018
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Marathi. Over 15,000 Ganesha idols are immersed in Mumbai alone:
– Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 13, 2018
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shared his greetings for all:
– Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) September 13, 2018
Other leaders like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Nitin Gadkari, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik also shared their wishes with the nation.