Amidst chants of ‘Ganapati Bappa Moryaa’, devotees welcomed Lord Ganesha on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday. The deity was brought to the puja pandals where rituals of staphana were performed.

Elaborating more on the Ganesh Utsav, DK Joshi said, “Idols are carried from the market with their faces covered amidst chanting and the sound of cymbals. By the evening, the idol is seated in majestic splendour in the puja premises. Ganesha is installed as the omnipotent one who takes precedence over all others at a place where the family members can gather around.”

He said that, the priest then performs a ritual by which the idol is said to be imbued with life. Next follows the traditional puja wherein the deity is incarnated through a smaller terracotta idol. After this the Ganapati Aarti is sung and modak (special sweet item made for the Lord) offered to the deity.