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Glittering decorations on roads and bylanes, rows of fairy lights, magnificent patriotic and an infectious religious fervour mark the start of the annual 11-day Ganeshotsav festival on Thursday.

The festival commenced with devotees installing colorfully-crafted idols of Ganesh, known as the Lord of Good Fortune and Destroyer of Obstacles in their homes and beautifully decorated pandals across the city with full customs and rituals.

Ganpati Bappa Morya

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All along the various routes, devotees raised welcoming cries of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’, singing the lord’s favourite bhajans and aartis punctuated by fireworks. Thanekars welcome Ganpati Bappa in grand style. The city donned its best colours to welcome Bappa for his annual visit.

This year, around hundreds of big and small pandals have been set up across the city where idols of Ganesha will be installed for next ten days.

Since the past couple of days, big and small idols of Lord Ganesha have already started arriving in the city amidst beating of drums, cymbals and merry dancing in trucks, tempos, cars, autos, two-wheelers or even carried on heads.

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