Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of festival season in India followed by Navratri, Dussehara, Diwali etc. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha all over the country. In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan.
The visitors on this occasion get to see a cocktail of events and activities at the temple to celebrate the festival with fervor. Ganesh Chaturthi magnetizes millions of devotees to Ranthambhore every year. The idol is tinted in Orange color which is a highly sacred color, particularly in Hindu religion. Gorgeous and heavy golden ornaments as well as several wreath of marigold are utilized to festoon the Ganesha idol. A number of small but beautiful shops in the nearby market draw the attention of visitors and tourists.
Some pilgrims keep fast for three to four days in Ganesh Chaturthi to have complete control on their physical senses and to get indulged in the remembrance of Lord Ganesha only. Finally the Ganesh idols are headed for immersion with an over-enthusiastic crowd of devout dancing through the procession, which indicates the end of ceremony.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 29, 2014. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!