Celebrated with a lot of merrymaking and gaiety, the Ganesh Festival is enthusiastic to the Lord Ganesha - the harbinger of good fortune and success. This cultural feast is held to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi. With classical dance and music performances, a theatre and film festival and folk dances, this is the most popular festival in Pune.
Huge Ganesh idols are worshipped at nicely decked pandals, also known as Dekhavas for 8 to 10 days. These Dekhavas are planned by the Mandals, worked together for the entire locality. Various Mandals shouting the slogans of Ganpati Bapa Morya take out huge processions during the first day and the day of immersion of the idols throughout the city. People from the city and nearby towns, districts throng to witness the Ganesh festival celebrations. Huge money in terms of crores is spent on decorations of the pandals.
Ganesh Temple at Sangli is very famed, as it was built from pink sand stone of Rajasthan by the king of the then Sangli state, Patwardhan Raje. The people of Maharashtra have great trust to Lord Ganesh. Every new task begins only after taking the blessings of the Lord. Sangli is well connected by rail and road.