This festival is celebrated with great devotion and joy by Indians across the world. In India, it is celebrated by all communities with equal fervor. The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted idols of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been specially constructed and beautifully decorated. The 10 day celebrations include worshiping the lord, singing,dancing to drum beats and by lighting up fireworks– all of which add to the festive mood.
At the conclusion of the festival, the idols are carried to local rivers in huge processions accompanied by drumbeats, devotional singing, and dancing. There they are immersed, a ritual symbolizing Ganesha’s homeward journey to Mount Kailash—the abode of his parents, Shiva and Parvati.
It is believed that devotees who pray to Ganesha are able to fulfill their wishes and desires. So, the main essence of Ganesh Chaturthi is that devotees who pray to him are set free of sins and it leads them on the path of knowledge and wisdom.