and people were waiting patiently in anticipation of the evening's celebration.
We saw Ganeshas being transported on foot, bicycles, and motorbikes. The smaller ones are generally for peoples' homes, while the larger ones are put up on a makeshift stage in the neighbourhood, like this one below.
We were inspired to make our own little 'shrine' when we got back home. Bringing a 'real' Ganesh idol into your home for Ganesh Chaturi is considered a big deal. Once you decide to do it, you are committed to bringing one home each year (along with carrying out a whole slew of pujas) for the next several years. We almost bought one this year, but then decided to refrain from angering the Gods!
It rained in the evening, but with the setting sun, the larger processions took over the road. I didn't get too many good shots in the dark.
We also stayed busy in the kitchen, making sweets and snacks. And eating! More pictures tomorrow.
* A cheer heard throughout the festival of Ganesh Chaturti.