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Sep 09, 2011
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiv and his wife Parvati. This is the day Shiv declared his elder son Ganesh as superior to all God's. Ganesh is widely worshipped as the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally evoked at the beginning of any new venture.
The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada and the date usually falls between August 20th to September 15th. Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for ten days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (the fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). While celebrated all over India, celebrations are most elaborate in western and southern India.
In Mumbai the streets are abuzz and huge “pandals” (tents) are set up by devotees where large idols of Ganesh are placed. For ten days Lord Ganesh is worshipped with devotion and on the eleventh day the idol is taken out in a procession, where devotees sing and dance and the idol is immersed into the sea with reverence.
Location of Mumbai
Mumbai is located in the western part of India and is the state capital of Maharashtra. What is today Mumbai, was once an archipelago of seven islands, namely; Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli and Old Woman's island. Mumbai is spread over an area of 437.77 square kilometers and is situated at sea level.
Tourist Attractions in Mumbai
Being the financial hub of India, along with a popular tourist destination, Mumbai has a lot to keep tourists busy. Here are a few popular tourist destinations in the city:
Gateway of India
Prince of Wales Museum
Mahalaxmi Temple
Haji Ali
Juhu Beach
Marine Drive (Chowpatty Beach)
Kamla Nehru Park
Hanging Gardens
Hotels and Accommodation in Mumbai
Mumbai offers a wide range of accommodation and whether you're a business traveler or a tourist you can take your pick from an array of five star hotels, guesthouses and budget hotels. Most hotels in Mumbai are conveniently located near business hubs, tourist attractions and shopping centers.
How to Reach Mumbai
How to Reach Mumbai
Being the financial hub of the country and an important tourist destination as well, Mumbai is very well connected by rail, road and air. Here are a few ways to get to Mumbai:
Rail: Mumbai is an important centre for Indian Railways and is the headquarters of the Central and the Western Zone. The main railway station of Mumbai is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which handles train services from the east, south and central India.
Road: Mumbai is connected by a strong network of roadways and is connected by NH 3, NH4, NH 17, NH 222 and NH 8. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway was the first expressway to be built in India.
Air: Mumbai's main airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which is the main aviation hub of the city and the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic. This airport is connected to the rest of the country by carriers like Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, IndiGo Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines etc.
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