People installed idols of Lord Ganesh at various educational institutions, cultural and social organisations in the city where rituals including vedic mantras, homa and archana were carried out as it is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesh during the festival brings good luck and prosperity to the family. Pandals of different puja committees including Unit-4, Master Canteen Square, Bhouma Nagar, Bapuji Nagar, Nayapalli, Unit-6 and Badagada are decorated with glittering lights on this auspicious occasion.
There is a great story behind the birth of Lord Ganesh. The goddess Umadevi, while bathing, created Ganesh as a pure white being out of the mud of her body and placed him at the entrance of the house telling him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. When Lord Shiva was returning home, was stopped by Ganesh at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head thinking him a stranger. To console Devi’s grief after she knew about the incident, Shiva ordered his servants to bring the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. Accordingly, the servants went on and found only an elephant sleeping in that position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant’s head was brought before Shiva. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Lord Ganesh.