Ganesh Chaturthi is the most important festival celebrated in Goa. Observed as the birthday of the elephant-god Ganesha in the Hindu pantheon, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is marked by traditional fervor and gaiety. A festival with a pan-Indian spread, Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa holds the seat of pre-eminence among all other festivals.
Also known as Chovoth, the Ganesha Chaturthi festival usually falls on
the 4th day of Bhadarva Shukla-Paksh of Hindu calendar in
(August/September). During the festival, pujas are offered to the idol
of Ganesha along with Lord Mahadev and Gouri. On the eve of the Chovoth
day, a clay idol of Ganesh is installed in a small pandal called 'matov'
made of bunches of betel nut, coconut, bananas and branches of
Even though the religious observations are held for a couple of days,
the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities may continue for 7-10 days. On the last
day of the festival, the ritual of 'Visarjan' takes place when the idol
of Ganesh is carried in a colorful procession and is finally immersed in
a water body.
The Ganesh Chaturthi festival ushers in a season of joyous celebration
all over Goa. Besides the religious significance, the festival is an
occasion for family members to reunite and seek the blessings of Lord