A tour of the historic Sindhudurg District in the Indian state, Maharashtra, is never complete without a visit to one of its towns called Malvan. This town attracts many tourists coming from distant places every year, as it is home to the famous Sindhudurg Fort and several pristine beaches. Besides all its popular places, some of the major festivals celebrated in this region also draw a sizeable number of travellers. One of these festivals is Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
It honours Lord Ganesha, and is also celebrated as a festival of thanksgiving for an abundant harvest. Preparations for it begins much earlier, with skilled artisans creating clay models of Lord Ganesha. They vary in size and depict the Hindu deity in various poses and beautiful decorations. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, these statues are installed in many homes and public places inside temporarily erected structures called 'Mandaps' or 'Pandals'. Celebrations vary from a single day to 11 days, culminating in the immersion of Lord Ganesha's statue in a large body of water. Rituals performed throughout the festive days include singing of 'Artis' and different offerings of coconut, jaggery and a sweet dish called 'Modak'. The entire Malvan town comes alive with grand festivities on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The hotels in Malvan provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable rates for tourists visiting around this time of the year.
According to the Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in the period between late August and early September. Tourists can plan their journey and make their hotel bookings in advance to ensure a pleasant stay while enjoying their vacation in this region during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Besides making a trip to the enormous Pandals erected at public places, they can explore all the interesting attractions in and around Malvan.