Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Celebrations begin across the country

The festival generally lasts ten days, ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight
Ganesh Chaturthi

The entire country is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha on Monday.

The festival is being celebrated across the country, especially in states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The festival generally lasts ten days, ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight.

The occasion is celebrated in Maharashtra with traditional musical instruments called dhol and tasha. The festival is also celebrated in other Indian regions like Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

This year, Mumbai will have about 6,300 sarvajanik Ganesh pandals, more than 1.2 lakh home Ganesh idols and about 9,000 Gauri idols, reported DNA.

To ensure that the city remains safe and peaceful during these ten days, Mumbai police have deployed drone cameras at five of the most crowded immersion points of the city. Traffic restrictions has also been placed to avoid inconvenience to devotees.