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Ganesh Chaturdhi

Ganesh Chaturdhi, also known as Vinayaka Chavithi, is a Hindu festival that falls on the fourth day of the sixth month (Bhadrapadam) of the Indian Lunar Calendar. On this day, Hindu families gather to pray to Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka, who is believed to be the remover of obstacles. A statue of the deity is installed in each household as well as a very large statue in every street. The deity is venerated for nine days, at the end of which the Ganesh/Vinayaka statues are immersed in a lake or other water body nearby.

It is prohibited to look at the moon on the night of Vinayaka Chaviti. Included in the customary rituals of this festival are offerings to Ganesh/Vinayaka of a wide variety of leaves, fruits and delicacies called "Kudumu" and "Undrallu."



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