MUMBAI, INDIA, September 13, 2018 (Daiji World): Maharashtra rolled out the red carpet for the popular elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha as the state immersed itself in the 10-day long and biggest public festival on Thursday. Around one million gigantic, big and small statues of Lord Ganesha have reached the homes of the commoner people, celebrities, industrialists and politicians, housing complexes, waadis/waadas, private and public companies, besides the huge or gigantic ones at public marquees organized by Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandals in Mumbai and all over the state.
In Mumbai, an estimated 300,000-plus big and small statues of Lord Ganesha will be installed at private and public venues, and around a million across Maharashtra, said Naresh Dahibhavkar, President of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS). Mumbai has nearly 11,500 big-ticket Ganeshotsav associations with budgets of several crores of rupees. Celebrations started in cities like Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Kolhapur and coastal Konkan, where Ganeshotsav is the most important festival in the annual calendar, surpassing even Diwali.