Lord Ganesha welcomed into homes across the country as ten-day festival begins [Photos]

The first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh festival was celebrated in different parts of India. While the tradition of the community festival started in Maharashtra, it is celebrated in other parts of the country as well.

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The first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh festival was celebrated in different parts of India. A priest is seen worshipping a Ganesh idol in Kolkata. Image courtesy: Reuters
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The first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh festival was celebrated in different parts of India. A priest is seen worshipping a Ganesh idol in Kolkata. Image courtesy: Reuters
In Mumbai, devotees are seen carrying an idol of the elephant-headed god. There are said to be about 7,000 Ganpati mandals in the city, and several families celebrate the festival at their homes as well. Image courtesy: Reuters
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In Mumbai, devotees are seen carrying an idol of the elephant-headed god. There are said to be about 7,000 Ganpati mandals in the city, and several families celebrate the festival at their homes as well. Image courtesy: Reuters
The ten-day long festival has seen concerns over traffic disruptions and breaching of noise pollution norms. Image courtesy:  Reuters
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The ten-day long festival has seen concerns over traffic disruptions and breaching of noise pollution norms. Image courtesy:  Reuters
Devotees are seen preparing to load a Ganesh idol onto a truck to a place of worship in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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Devotees are seen preparing to load a Ganesh idol onto a truck to a place of worship in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
During the festival, the idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and will be immersed in a river or the sea in accordance with the Hindu faith. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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During the festival, the idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and will be immersed in a river or the sea in accordance with the Hindu faith. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
While the tradition of the community festival started in Maharashtra, it is celebrated in other parts of the country as well. Seen here is a Ganpati idol in Beawar, Rajasthan. Image courtesy: PTI
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While the tradition of the community festival started in Maharashtra, it is celebrated in other parts of the country as well. Seen here is a Ganpati idol in Beawar, Rajasthan. Image courtesy: PTI
People celebrating the festival of the deity Ganpati during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Image courtesy: PTI
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People celebrating the festival of the deity Ganpati during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Image courtesy: PTI