Maharashtra Fairs
Lord Ganesh, the patron deity of Maharashtra, is the God of wisdom. Come August, preparations to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi - the auspicious day when Lord Ganesh was born - begin with great enthusiasm all over the state. This festival is the most popular and exciting festival in Pune. The first public celebration of this annual

ritual was initiated by Lokmanya Tilak as a means of uniting people for the Indian freedom struggle. Today it continues as a grand reaffirmation of the faith of thousands The 11-day festival begins with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesh idols in homes and mandaps (large tents), colourfully decorated, depicting religious themes or current events. The Ganesh idols are worshipped with families and friends. Many cultural events are organized and people participate in them with keen interest. After ten exciting days comes the time to bid farewell to the beloved God. People take Ganesh idols in procession to the accompaniment of music and dance for immersion in the sea or nearby river or lake. Emotions run high as people chant 'Ganpati bappa moraya, pudhachya varshi lavkar ya' (Oh Lord Ganesh, please come back soon next year).
The Maharashtrians are a vibrant, earthy people for whom life itself is a celebration. Small wonder then that all festivals in Maharashtra are celebrated with abundant fervor and enthusiasm. These times provide a unique opportunity to absorb Maharashtrian culture, with all its colorful customs, rituals and traditions.

Maharashtra Religious Place
Afghan Memorial
Ambadevi Temple
Ambarnath Akoli
Anwa Temple
Ayappa temple
Bahubali Hill Temples
Balaji Temple Nerul
Ballaleshwar Temple
Bibi ka Maqbara
Chakreshwar Temple
Chinchwad Ganesh Temple
Ganapati Tample
Dattatreya Temple
Kailash Temple
Mount Mary Church
Mumbadevi Temple
Nageshwar Tample
Osho Ashram
Pandharpur
Shirdi
Sidhi Vinayak Tample
Shri Hazur Sahib
Saptama