In a matter of firsts, The International Ganesh Festival 2023 is set to unfold from 18 Sept - 28 Sept. The ten-day festival will be observed in Maharashtra's most vibrant and historical cities: Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, and Palghar. The event aims to showcase Maharashtra's illustrious heritage through the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The event is designed in a circuit of four cities, each showcasing the essence of Maharashtra's traditions and lifestyle. Starting with Mumbai, attendees can experience the city's vibrant pulse, from the grandeur of Ganesh Gali to the iconic Sidhivinayak Temple and the festive atmosphere of GSB Wadala. The exploration will end with a serene experience at Girgaon Chowpatty.
In Pune, travellers will get a chance to immerse themselves in Ganesh celebrations at Tulsi Bagh Ganesh Pandal for Aarti and Darshan and explore the historic Shaniwar Wada. Furthermore, Palghar will offer adventure with ziplining and cultural workshops where you can explore the Warli Art. Travellers can also visit the Kelva Fort and Shirgaom Fort. At the same time, Ratnagiri will be a spiritual journey with the Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnadurg Fort, Thiba Rajwada, and the coastal beauty that will enchant your senses.
To capture the essence of Maharashtra and offer a unique experience, a Cultural Hub will be established at the iconic Gateway of India, centred around Lord Ganesha. The hub will feature various art forms, including Sand Art, Mosaic Art, and Scroll Art. Additionally, there will be Projection Mapping on the Gateway of India, cultural performances, workshops on Maharashtra's artistry, Art and Craft exhibitions, and a commitment to sustainability and community engagement. This initiative aims to preserve traditions while celebrating them.
The International Ganesh Festival 2023 is an experience not to miss as it is the first time that the highly and widely celebrated festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is going international. It will be a unique blend of cultures and a first attempt at the local festival to gain recognition in the global circuit. The festival itself is set to be unique as it will conflate religious traditions, heritage, arts, culture, and sustainability.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. It originated in the 17th century during the Maratha Empire, after which it gained widespread popularity in the late 19th century as a cultural and national event, mainly due to the efforts of Lokmanya Tilak. Today, it is celebrated across India with grand idols, vibrant processions, and cultural performances.
At the announcement of the event, Shri. Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, expressed, "The International Ganesh Festival isn't just about pomp and grandeur. It's about the soul of Maharashtra, the heartbeat of its people, and the spirit of a nation aiming for self-reliance. We are on the cusp of presenting an unparalleled tapestry of culture, art, and resilience to the world. Through this festival, we hope to magnify our state's and our country's unique treasures on a global stage."
Furthermore, Smt. Radhika Rastogi, Principal Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, stated, "This festival is our clarion call to the world, signalling them to join us at the intersection of ancient traditions and modern celebrations. Through the International Ganesh Festival, we aim to invite global travellers, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs of culture to immerse themselves in Maharashtra's vast and profound legacy."