A procession of Shrimant Dagdu Sheth Halwai Ganpati was taken out on Monday on the occasion of Ganesh Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The procession in a silver chariot started from the temple in Budhwar Peth and passed through Belbaugh Chowk and Tilak Chowk and ended at the temple. All small and big Ganpati mandals celebrated the occasion with great enthusiasm and vigour. At Dagdu Sheth, the temple was open to the devotees from 4 am onwards. At 6 am the Ganesh yagya began, which was performed by five couples under the leadership of priests. At 11am Ganpati stavan (sholka) were recited by devotees and Ganpati’s birth was celebrated at noon, said treasurer Mahesh Suryavanshi. He said, “At 12.30pm a mahaarti took place in the temple. The procession began at 6 pm in the evening and ended in two hours. Thousands of devotees thronged the Ganpati temples on this day.” Ganesh Jayanti, which falls on Magh Shukl Chaturthi (Hindu calendar), is revered by Ganesh devotees, who fast for the entire day. The festival is celebrated on a large scale in Mumbai as the families also spend day in various celebrations.