Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted people on Ganesh Chaturthi and wished joy and prosperity everywhere.
"Greetings on the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. May the blessings of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh always be upon us. May there be joy and prosperity all over," he tweeted.
आप सभी को गणेश चतुर्थी की बहुत-बहुत बधाई। गणपति बाप्पा मोरया!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2020
Greetings on the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. May the blessings of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh always be upon us. May there be joy and prosperity all over.
Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted Ganesh Chaturthi greetings. "Heartfelt greetings of Shri Ganesh Chaturthi to all countrymen," he wrote in Hindi.
समस्त देशवासियों को गणेश चतुर्थी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। pic.twitter.com/R9EoBe5aVG— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 22, 2020
The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is dedicated to the Lord of new beginnings, Ganesha.
The festival is celebrated with much grandeur in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat among other states.
On this day, devotees across the country bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and decorate the idols with flowers and garlands. Modaks (dumplings made of rice flour and jaggery) and laddoos, considered as Lord Ganesh's favourite sweets, are offered to please the Hindu God.
This year, the preparations around the country have been downsized due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The festivities end with the final immersion of an idol of Lord Ganesha, called the Visarjan.