Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Maharashtra is an important and most celebrated occasion. In 2013, Ganesh Chaturthi festival date is September 9.
Lord Ganesh is worshipped with utmost devotion in the state of Maharashtra. Throughout Maharashtra, right from the small village to city like Mumbai, celebrates Ganesh Navratri with great importance.
In Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Solapur Ganesh festival is a jubilant event. In Maharashtra, Ganapati idol is placed in Ganesh Pandal or mandaps and worshipped for ten days. Starting from Ganesh Chavithi, till the day of Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Navratri is celebrated. On Anant Chaturdashi day, Ganesh Nimajjan or Vinayaka Visarjan is commenced.
In every household and pandals, Ganesh utsav is started with installation of Ganesh idol on Ganesh Chavithi. The pujas and celebrations are continued till the tenth day i.e. Anant Chaturdashi, and on Anant Chaturdashi day, devotees take out the idols for procession and nimajjan or immersion is commenced, amidst chanting the slogan ‘Ganapati Bappa Moriya.