Open arrangements for the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi start very long ahead of time. Mandapa or Pandal’s are normally supported either from donations by neighborhood occupants in the area or facilitated by organizations. The making of the murthi/idol in Maharashtra typically starts with “Padya pooja” or worshipping the feet of Lord Ganesh. The idols are brought to “pandals” on the day or a day before the celebration starts. The place where idol sits will be surrounded by colourful decoration.
At home, the preparation starts by buying puja amenities or adornments a couple of days ahead of time and booking the Ganesh murti will be done almost a month prior to the day of festival. The murti is brought home either on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi or a day before in some places. Families decorate the place where they will keep the idol with flowers and other colourful items. At the point when the Murti is installed, puja is conducted during everyone’s presence with chanting holy mantras and bhajans with great devotion.
In India, Ganesha Chaturthi is primarily celebrated at home and in public by local community groups in the central and western states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa and the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Eastern states of Odisha. In all these places, it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion.
The essential sweet dish amid the celebration is modak in Marathi and it is called with different names at different places. A modak is a dumpling produced using rice or wheat flour, loaded down with ground coconut, jaggery, dried foods grown from the ground sauces and steamed. Another mainstream sweet dish is the karanji (karjikai in Kannada), like modak in creation and taste yet in a half circle shape. Many other varieties of dishes will be prepared for lord Ganesh. It is believed that these are favourite foods of lord Ganesha and so they are prepared in every family during chaturthi and offered to lord Ganesha before anyone having it.
Now the last part of the festival is, Visarjana. Ganesh Visarjan is carried out differently in different parts. It is nothing but sending off lord Ganesha after few days of the festival or on the day of the festival depending on the tradition and place. There are specific days only when it can be done according to the tradition and it is followed every year at the respective places.