Worshipping the 'elephant-headed God' may be a one day festivity in north India, but for Maharashtrians living in the Capital, it is still a 10-day celebration.
Even after 30 years of shifting to the city, SS Kulkarni, former information officer, misses the festivities during Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai.
"Unlike in Maharashtra, here no one gives much importance to the height at which the idol is suspended. Yes, the decorations are fantastic and a lot of money is spent on the arrangements, but people don't really come together in spirit, which is what the festival is really about."
"I wanted to go home (Nasik) for the festival but couldn't make it. But when I learnt that Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with the same spirit and zeal here, I realised I was not going to miss much back home," said Ayushi Borkar, a Maharashtrain, who recently shifted here.
Prashant Sathe of Poorvanchal Maharashtra Mandal has been organising Chaturthi celebrations in Anand Vihar since 1984. "More than 250 people come every evening. With the Rangoli, painting, dance and drama contests, it is like a carnival. This year's highlight is seven wonders by Mumbai-based artist Shrikant Sathe." The idols will be immersed on September 11, the eleventh day, in the Yamuna.
Several activities have also been planned at Dilli Haat. The centre of attraction will be a six-feet glass fibre idol made by international sculptor Ram Sutar. "There will also be a celebration of six decades of Lata Mangeshkar on September 10 at Kamani Auditorium. President Pratibha Patil will be the chief guest," said RM Hejib, head, Sarwajanik Utsav Simiti, Dilli Haat.