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Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Tomorrow a day begins for the beginning of the days ahead, says Amitabh Bachchan

From Amitabh Bachchan, Ram Charan, Rajkummar Rao to Shilpa Shetty, Allu Arjun and Ekta Kapoor, celebrities across India are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi.

Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi |
Updated: August 23, 2020 9:24:16 am
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrationsAmitabh Bachchan and other Bollywood celebrities welcomed Lord Ganesh home. (Photo: Amitabh Bachchan/Instagram)

Film and television celebrities are in a festive mode as Ganesh Chaturthi is all set to begin on Saturday. The birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha is celebrated with gusto across India, majorly in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Lord Ganesha is referred to as the giver of wisdom and the remover of all obstacles. Devotees believe worshiping Lord Ganesha at the start of any new endeavour will yield positive results, prosperity and good fortune. Like every devotee, stars of tinseltown too mark the 11-day festival by welcoming the idol of Lord Ganesha to their homes. The festival ends with immersion of the idols in water bodies.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, even Ganesh Chaturthi is expected to be affected this year. Though Ganesha pandals have been put up at several places, the overall celebrations will remain low-profile.

With a star-studded line-up of Ajay-Atul, Shankar Mahadevan, Viraj Joshi, Rakesh Chaurasia, Mrunal Kulkarni among others, one of the oldest mandals, Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Mandal, is bringing the festivities home.

“From August 22 to the last day, we will be uploading a pre-recorded clip of our cultural activities. The virus has created an atmosphere of despair but with the arrival of Bappa we will have only positive energy. We will have performances by Pt Bhimsen Joshi’s grandson Viraj Joshi, Shankar Mahadevan, and the renowned duo Ajay-Atul. Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shiswe too will be a part. Even with decorations, we have opted for an eco-friendly bamboo structure for the small pandal,” said Punit Balan, president of the mandal.

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Here's how stars are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020.

09:24 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Ankita Lokhande: Let's all pray for SSR to Lord Ganesha

Ankita Lokhande welcomed Lord Ganpati on Saturday. She posted a video and wrote, "Bappa tu sab jaanta hai. You and I share a very special bond BappaRed heart. Let’s all come together and pray with all heart to Bappa"

08:54 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Amitabh Bachchan on Ganesh Chaturthi

Sharing a picture of Lord Ganesha, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, "In the peace and tranquility of the circumstances that circumstances built about us in these trial days , there is the belief in prayer , in the belief of the Supreme , in the trust and faith of that unseen force .. unseen , yet in faith believed of its existent FORCE. Tomorrow a day begins for the beginning of the days ahead .. just .. a reckoning of what it will deliver .. acceptance or delayed rejection .. a trial of body and mind .. and to assess the way on." 

18:39 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Mika: May Ganpati Bappa bless everyone
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Feeling so happy and positive.. May Ganpati Bappa bless everyone ..

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17:42 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Namrata Shirodkar wishes Happy Ganesh Chaturthi
17:23 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Adnan Sami shares Ganesh Chaturthi wishes

Singer Adnan Sami wrote on Twitter, "Wishing everyone a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!! Much love always!"

16:56 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Amit Trivedi: Praying for health, safety and prosperity for all of us

Music composer Amit Trived shared on Twitter, "Wishing a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone! Praying for health, safety and prosperity for all of us.🌟."

16:33 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Samantha Akkineni wishes fans on Ganesh Chaturthi

Samantha Akkineni wished everyone on Ganesh Chaturthi and tweeted, "Happy Vinayaka Chavithi /Chaturthi everyone ❤️. May he remove all the obstacles from your life and shower you with blessings 🙏"

16:13 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'Remembering moments from previous years' celebrations'

"Bappa's arrival will be a little different this year as we fight through the pandemic. I'm remembering moments from previous years' celebrations with friends, family & on sets. Wish you all a very blessed #GaneshChaturthi. Celebrate responsibly & stay safe🙏" wrote Madhuri Dixit along with a collage of photos. 

15:50 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'May lord Ganesha give more power to us to fight this pandemic situation'

"Wishing everyone, A very Happy Vinayaka Chavithi. May lord Ganesha give more power and strength to all of us to fight this pandemic situation. Jai Ganesha. #Ganesha #ganeshchathurthi #Ganesh #VinayakaChaturthi #stayHomeStaySafe" actor Manchu Manoj shared via Twitter. 

15:30 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'May our Vighnaharta help us tide over these difficult times'

Akshay Kumar requested people to stay at home and celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi while maintaining social distancing. "#HappyGaneshChaturthi to you and your family. Please continue maintaining social distancing, avoid inviting people home and visiting people’s homes. May our Vighnaharta help us tide over these difficult times. Ganpati Bappa Morya!" the actor shared on Twitter. 

15:10 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Karanvir Bohra celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with family
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Happy Ganesha everyone....❤️❤️❤️ #ganpatibappamorya #ecofriendly #motherearth #mangalmurtimorya #clayganpati

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14:50 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'Going to miss all the visits from friends and family'

Sonali Bendre shared photos from her Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations on Instagram and wrote, "This year more than ever, with the arrival of Bappa, I hope for new beginnings for everyone! I’m going to miss all the visits from friends & family at home for Bappa’s Darshan. But, I know we’ll find a way to adapt to the current situation yet still retain the true essence of Ganesh Chaturthi. #HappyGaneshChaturthi गणेश चतुर्थी च्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा गणपती बाप्पा मोरया 🙌🏼" 

Sonali Bendre celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with husband Goldie Behl
Sonali Bendre looks pretty as she welcomes Lord Ganesha. 
14:30 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'May the sick get healthy, may the hungry get fed'

Sharing a video with her son Ravi, Ekta Kapoor wished everyone on Ganesh Chaturthi. She wrote on Instagram, "Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone! 🙏🏻❤️ May the Lord bring to us new beginnings and new forms of happiness. May he give everyone universal peace...may the sick get healthy, may the hungry get fed...May everyone feel a sense of joy. May you begin a whole new era. #ganpatibappamorya 🙏🏻"

14:11 (IST)22 Aug 2020
TV couple Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi
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Anita Hassanandani looks beautiful as she celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with husband Rohit Reddy.

13:50 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Rajkummar Rao celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with 'home made Ganpati'

Rajkummar Rao shared photos of his 'home-made' Ganpati on Instagram and motivated his fans to go for eco-friendly Ganpati this year.

13:31 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'Really going to miss Ganpati this year'

Sharing a photo with his family, actor Karan Tacker wrote, "Really going to miss Ganpati this year! Miss all the pujas, the atmosphere at home , all my friends who come every year , the long chats over delicious food , and the visarajan with the want to see Bappa again the next year! Love and light to everyone ! Ganpati Bappa moriyaaaa! #ganesha #ganpati #ganeshchaturthi #bappa #ganpatibappamorya."

13:11 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Inside Ram Charan's Ganesh Chaturthi celebration

Ram Charan wished his fans on Ganesh Chaturthi and shared a photo from his celebrations. He also wished father Chiranjeevi on his 65th birthday today. "Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !!. Happy birthday Dad" the actor wrote on Twitter.

Ram Charan shared the photo on social media. 
12:49 (IST)22 Aug 2020
'Please stay safe'

Karan Johar took to his social media to wish his fans on Ganesh Chaturthi. He tweeted, "May the power of Lord Ganesh protect you and your loved ones from all evil....may the power enhance all positivity and spread only love...please stay safe🧡🧡🧡"

12:32 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Taimur makes a colourful lego Ganpati idol

Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a couple of photos from Taimur's Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Along with the photos, the actor wrote, "Ganpati celebrations might be a little different this year... But Tim made sure the festival was on point by making a beautiful lego Ganeshji for us ❤️💯 Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi. Praying for peace, everyone's health and safety. ✨" 

Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a photo of Taimur. (Photo: Kareena Kapoor/Instagram)

Talking about his Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh said in a statement, "This year’s theme is dedicated to “new beginnings” and for the very first time, we have got an eco-friendly bappa home. With COVID-19, I feel each one of us has realized there is so much harm that the human race has caused Mother Earth over the last decade, that the only practical way forward is that we need to embrace more eco-friendly measures to protect the Universe, else we are all heading towards doomsday."

He added, “The bappa idol is all of 18 inches as opposed to our longstanding yearly tradition of bringing home a 5 feet idol. All of the decorations on him including the clothes and ornaments have been created by my mother over the past two months. This year’s decoration has been completely done by me and baby Nurvi. We avoided getting anything from outside and decorated his room like a country yard with minimal decorations comprising of white jasminum sambac and yellow marigolds. Like every year, all 10 days will be dedicated to different festivals of India like Holi, Diwali, Rakshabandhan, Janamashtami, followed by chappan bhog, the homam and culminating with the visarjan."

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