Maharashtra welcomes Lord Ganesh with pomp and gaiety
MUMBAI: Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Saturday welcomed Lord Ganesh amid pomp and gaiety as the elephant-headed God arrived in his devotees' homes and sarvajanik pandals (marquees) marking the commencement of the 10-day annual festival.
Idols of all shapes and sizes of Lord Ganesh, considered the destroyer of the evil, were installed after traditional pooja.
The cries of "Ganpati Bappa Morya" reverberated as the idols were worshipped with singing of 'artis' like "Sukhaharta Dukhharta..." amid bursting of crackers and beating of drums.
A thick security blanket has been thrown in the metropolis following reports that two suspected foreign terrorists have sneaked into the city to cause disruption at crowded places and religious congregations.
Devotees feasted on the Lord's favourite delicacies like 'karanji' and modak after the 'arti'.
Apart from politicians, Bollywood stars also celebrate the popular festival by worshipping the Lord at their homes. The Ganesh idol at R K Studios in suburban Chembur is the oldest. Stars like Salman Khan, Jeetendra, and Nana Patekar celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi.