As per Hindu mythology Lord Ganesh is considered as "Vigana Harta" (one who removes obstacles) and "Buddhi Pradaayaka" (one who grants intelligence). This festival is very important for students, they worship Lord Ganesh to illumine their minds.
The festive season in India is all set to begin with Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 this Monday. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 will be celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra. People bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and do worship. The duration of Vinayak Chaturthi 2016 varies from 1 day to 11 days, depending on the place and tradition. On the last day of the festival the idols are taken out in a colorful and musical procession and immersed traditionally in water.
Twitter on Friday introduced a special emoji for Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 to delight millions of its users. The emoji will go live on September 4 and will be active until September 15, the last day of 10-day festival, celebrated much across the country.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 is one of the most popular festivals of Maharashtra. It is considered inauspicious to look at the moon during Ganesh Chaturthi as the moon was cursed by the latter for laughing at his pot belly.
Mumbai is one of the top places to visit during Ganeshotsav. So if you are in Mumbai, head straight to Lalbaugh cha Raja, which is one of the biggest pandals in the city. Lalbaugh cha Raja is a famous Sarvajanik Ganapati, kept at Lalbaug in Mumbai. Another place to visit is Siddhivinayak temple in Dadar, Mumbai.