Be a part of Mumbai's procession celebrating Lord Ganesha with our Virtual Reality technology, as the video above shows an immersing and a panoramic VR 360 video of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai, India. In the video obtained by Republic World, we can see people celebrating the festival with much pomp and cheer. Thousands of people can be seen crowding around the Ganesh idol, chanting prayers and mantras. The Hindu festival is celebrated in September which follows basic rituals such as chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts and is celebrated for a period of 10 days, and the end day involves idol immersion and processions. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the oldest festivals in the country and is celebrated all across the country with much pomp and cheer. However, it is very unclear as to when the festival started, but it became a major part of the country with the sponsorship of Shivaji, after the Mughal wars. Now, there are various 'pandals' and 'mandapas' set up in different places in the city where people gather and celebrate one of the most cherished festivals of all times.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in various areas such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa and southern parts of Karnataka and Kerala. At homes in Maharashtra, the idol is brought home and it is considered as one of the most auspicious days of all times. The Ganesh idol is brought home and is worshipped continuously for ten days, by offering flowers and sweets as an offering to God, with the mandatory 'pooja' in the evening. Apart from homes, the festival is also celebrated in localities and societies where places of worship are set up through the funds collected by the youth. During this, various people belonging to the society allocate funds required for the puja on a sharing basis and celebrate the festival. In public places, also along with the chanting of mantras, processions and martial arts are also held.