Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Malaika Arora, Kangana Ranaut, Helen and others welcome Ganpati Bappa

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Here's how celebrities from across India are celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2018 8:57:45 pm
ganesh chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Celebrations in B-town have begun.

India is set to celebrate the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi from September 13. And just like other devotees, our movie stars also got into the festive mood while welcoming the idol of Lord Ganesha at their homes.

Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and is observed with much gusto across the country. As a ceremony, people install handcrafted idols of Ganesha in their homes, followed by a 16 step ritual known as Shodashopachara Puja. The idols are immersed in water on Anant Chaturdashi.

From Bollywood actors to television stars, several celebs have over the years observed Ganesh Chaturthi and installed the idol at their homes and offices.

Here is how our celebs are observing Ganesh Chaturthi this year.

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20:57 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Shraddha Kapoor celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi
20:29 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Priyanka Chopra wishes fans a 'week filled with blessings' on Ganesh Chaturthi

Priyanka Chopra took to Twitter and wishes her fans on Ganesh Chaturthi. The actor wrote, "Today marks the beginning of ... A festival where we invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. Here's wishing everyone a week filled with beautiful memories and a life filled with blessings! Ganpati Bappa Morya!" 

20:20 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Rajkummar Rao goes organic with Ganesh Chaturthi celebration

Rajkummar Rao wished his fans on Ganesh Chaturthi by posting Lord Ganesh's photo. He wrote, "Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Guys. Meet our organic Ganpati. Thank you Bappa for everything ❤️🙏@Patralekhaa9"

20:06 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Anu Malik welcomes Ganpati with daughters and wife

Music composer Anu Malik posed with his family after welcoming Lord Ganesha home. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

19:44 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Jay Bhanushali and Mahi Vij are all smiles as they welcomed Lord Ganesh

Television actor Jay Bhanushali and Mahi Vij celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai. The two posed for the shutterbugs after offering prayers to Lord Ganesha. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

19:25 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Helen offers prayers to Ganpati at Arpita Khan Sharma's house

Legendary actor Helen visited Arpita Khan Sharma's house to offer her prayers to Lord Ganesha. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

19:08 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Kangana Ranaut poses with nephew to wish fans on Ganesh Chaturthi
18:50 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Arpita Khan Sharma and Aayush Sharma host Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Arpita Khan Sharma and Aayush Sharma welcomed Ganpati together in Mumbai today. Aayush is waiting for the release of his film, Loveratri. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

18:33 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Neil Nitin Mukesh announces next project on Ganesh Chaturthi

Neil Nitin Mukesh welcomed Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The actor posed with a clapboard, announcing his next project. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

18:11 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Malaika Arora looks beautiful as she welcomes Ganpati at Arpita’s home

Malaika Arora looked extremely beautiful as she visited Arpita Sharma’s house to welcome Ganpati. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

17:34 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Athiya Shetty and father Suniel Shetty welcome Ganpathi

Actor Suniel Shetty and his daughter Athiya Shetty welcomed Ganpathi in a grand manner. The father-daughter duo posed for the shutterbugs later on. (Photo credit: Varinder Chawla)

16:57 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Bharti Singh celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with husband Haarsh Limbachiaa

16:49 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Vivek Oberoi wished everyone by sharing photos fro his home

Vivek Oberoi wrote a long post on Twitter talking about missing his family on Ganesh Chaturthi, along with sharing the photo of his two kids.

16:43 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV actor Gautam Rode shared his wishes on social media

Television heartthrob Gautam Rode shared his family pictures on Twitter while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi.

16:36 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Deepika Padukone also tweeted her wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi
16:29 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Arbaaz Khan was seen at sister Arpita's house on Ganesh Chaturthi

Actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan made a rare appearance with his rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani at sister Arpita Khan's house. Check out the photos here.

(Photo by Varinder Chawla)

(Photo by Varinder Chawla)

16:18 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Nehha Pendse was seen celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi before entering the Bigg Boss 12 house coming weekend

Actor Neeha Pendse who will be getting inside the Bigg Boss 12 house on September 16, celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi along with fellow-actor Siddhartha Jadhav.

(Photo by Varinder Chawla)

16:12 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Actor Aditi Rao Hydari said with Lord Ganesha around, everyone is blessed.
16:03 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Govinda celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at his home

Govinda along with wife Sunita and daughter Tina Ahuja marked the auspicious occasion at his home. Check out the photos here.

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

15:48 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Rajpal Yadav sough the blessings of Lord Ganesha

Actr-comedian Rajpal Yadav also took to Twitter and shared his photo with the caption, "Wishing everyone a happy and safe #GaneshChaturthi!! May Lord Ganesha bless you all with happiness and prosperity❤️Ganpati Bappa Morya 🙏🙏"

15:29 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Shankar Mahadevan wished fans on Ganesh Chaturthi

Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan tweeted, "सर्वांना गणेशचतुर्थीच्या हार्दीक शुभेच्छा 🙏🏻The festival we all love celebrating is here!!! Aaj se agle 11 dino tak, suniye har din ek Bappa ki dhun mere saath. #GaneshChaturthi #GanpatiBappaMorya"

15:20 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Actor Karanvir Bohra celebarted the festival with his family

Television heartthrob Karanvir Bohra had his wife Teejay Sidhu and his twin daughters by his side when he brought home the idol of Lord Ganesha. Here are the photos of how Karanvir and Teejay celebrated the big day.

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

15:01 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Preity Zinta also wished her fans on Ganesh Chaturthi

Preirt Zinta tweeted, "May Lord Ganesha shower you with blessings and remove all obstacles from your way! ✨💫Happy #GaneshChaturthi! #गणेशचतुर्थी #GanpatiBappaMoriya"

14:49 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV actor Vivek Dahiya called Lord Ganesha, 'Remover of Obstacles'

Actor Vivek Dahiya shared an image of Lord Ganesha on Twitter, and wrote along, "Known for his cuteness, compassion, insatiable hunger & intelligence, He is revered as the Remover of Obstacles. It's a day to boost your brain and belly both! Lets celebrate an eco friendly Ganpati this year! Wish you all a very happy #GaneshChaturthi."

14:38 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Singer Shaan also wished his fans on Ganesh Chaturthi

"Shaan took to his Instagram handle and shared a photo standing beside an idol of Lord Ganesha. He wrote, 'Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!!"

14:25 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV actor Shubhangi Atre shared how she celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi

Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain's Angoori Bhabhi aka Shubhangi Atre said, "I am a bit of a spiritual person and have always believed that Lord Ganesha resides within us and is always there by our side. During the 10 days of this festival, I often keep a fast or promise Ganeshji to keep myself away from a negative habit. While many people believe in the Ganesh Visarjan tradition, I believe that the pollution that is caused due to the celebration of this festival surely affects the Earth’s environment thereby leading to several natural calamities. Adopting eco-friendly Ganesh idols can somewhere help to reduce the pollution and lay out a different and positive message to the future generation. Guiding me to the right decisions of my life, I hope Ganeshji also brings great happiness and good health to all his devotees."

14:09 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Arpita Khan welcomed Lord Ganesha at her home

Salman Khan's younger sister Arpita Khan brought home the idol of Lord Ganesha. Also seen was Arpita's elder sister Alvira Khan in the photos.

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

(Photos by Varinder Chawla)

13:59 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Sushmita Sen wished Lord Ganesha, a happy birthday!

Actor and former Miss World Sushmita Sen tweeted, "Happpyyyyy Birthday Lord Ganesha!!! 🙏❤️💃🏻🎉😊A blessed & fortunate #ganeshchaturthi to everyone 😍😇I love you guys & wish you every happiness always!! #duggadugga 🙏😊💃🏻❤️"

13:48 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Music composer Vishal Dadlani had a strong message on Ganesh Chaturthi

Music composer and singer Vishal Dadlani urged everyone to avoid immersing the idols of Lord Ganesha in water bodies. He also tweeted some images.

13:37 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Actor Sonu Sood performed the Ganesh puja at his residence

Actor Sonu Sood, who was recently seen in Paltan brought home the idol of Lord Ganesha and did the puja as well. Check out how he marked the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

13:31 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV actor Sachin Shroff revealed why Ganesh Chaturthi was close to his heart

Sachin Shroff, who plays Nand Baba in Paramavatar Shri Krishna shared, "I’m quite religious in real life and I always seek Lord Ganesha’s blessings before starting anything auspicious. So celebrating Ganeshotsav with family and friends is something I have been doing for the past 10 years and I hold this festival very close to my heart. In true sense, he is a 'Vighnaharta' so all that I ask from him is happiness, harmony, and good health and if time permits, I will definitely be visiting some pandals as well as friends who have Ganpatiji at their homes. Talking about the idols, I strongly believe that eco-friendly idols can help us do good for the environment and the idol visarjan can be done at home itself without harming any water life or environment. I wish everyone a joyous Ganesh Chaturthi and I hope we all celebrate the festival safely.”

13:14 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV host Maniesh Paul welcomed Lord Ganesha idol at his home

Popular television host Maniesh Paul brought home Lord Ganesha on Wednesday night itself. he even shared the photo on Instagram with the caption, 'He is here!!!!sooooo haaaaappppppyyyyy... @sanyuktap #ganpatibappamorya #mp#blessed #happy #grateful'

Maniesh also struck a pose with his wife Sanyukta at his residence.

13:04 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Siddharth had a very quirky wish for his fans on Ganesh Chaturthi

Actor Siddharth, known for his sarcastic take on several issues, did not mind doing the same even on Ganesh Chaturthi. Here's what he tweeted.

12:54 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
TV actor Saumya Tandon spoke of observing a peaceful Ganesh Chaturthi at her home

Saumya Tandon, better known as Anita from Bhabi ji Ghar Par Hain said, "I honestly have mixed feelings regarding the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. We do have many idols of Ganeshji in our home but we do not immerse the idol. As much as I understand and appreciate our religion and history, the immersion of Ganesha is not part of our culture. It was something that Lokmanya Tilak started during the freedom struggle. The idea of eco-friendly idols is also something that I do not support as I feel it’s a mere lip service. I am absolutely against the ritual of immersing idols as I strongly believe that they cause immense water pollution, dirties the coastal lines and kills the sea life. It is disgraceful to see the same idol that we worship and revere, lying on the beaches broken. The processions that are carried during Ganesh Chaturthi are extremely noisy, some people are drunk and misbehave on streets, the kind of music that is played does not depict any kind of religious sentiment, it causes traffic and disrupts the normal life. I believe festivals are meant to be celebrated peacefully and religiously, causing disturbance to others or the environment is not a sign of an evolved society. Keeping the sanctity of the festival intact, we have a puja at home. I decorate the house and sweets are prepared at home, that’s how I prefer celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi."

12:44 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Jeetendra and his son Tusshar Kapoor celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at their Mumbai residence

Yesteryear actor Jeetendra kept customary practice even this year, of welcoming the idol of Lord Ganesha at his home. He, along with his actor son Tusshar Kapoor and little grandson Laksshya performed the Ganesha puja at their Juhu residence in Mumbai. 

Check out the photos and video of how Jeetendra and Tusshar Kapoor celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi.

(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

12:34 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Actor Suniel Shetty wished his fans with a special tweet

Suniel Shetty tweeted, "This Chaturthi May Lord Ganesha bless you with best of Health & Happiness.G- getA- ahead withN- newE- energy &S- stayH- humble #HappyGaneshChaturthi"

12:20 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Actor Ravi Kishan shared an image of Lord Ganesha idol from his home
12:10 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Television actor Sayali Sanjeev shared how she celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi

Sayali Sanjeev, who plays Vidhita in TV show Perfect Pati said, 'Ganesh Chaturthi has always been the most special festival for me. We always get shadu mati (clay) idols at home, which are completely eco-friendly. I ensure that I use eco-friendly decorations too, no fresh flowers, artificial ones that are beautiful and reusable. I also light up the mandir with clay diyas, keeping it simple. This year too we’ll be having a puja at home with close family and friends. All I wish and pray to Bappa is to keep my family in good health and for my new show Perfect Pati to be a great success.”

11:55 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Telugu filmmaker Sampat Nandi wished fans on Ganesh Chaturthi too

The director, screenwriter and producer tweeted, "May Lord Ganesha shower abundant good luck on you, May he always bestow you with his blessings. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi #HappyGaneshChaturthi"

11:45 (IST) 13 Sep 2018
Shahid Kapoor celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on Indian Idol 10 sets

Batti Gul Meter Chalu actor Shahid Kapoor joined its contestants and host Maniesh Paul onto the stage for a dance. He latest also posted with the Indian Idol 10 for Maha Ganpati special episode. His co-star Shraddha Kapoor also joined him for a family picture along with the show's judges Neha Kakkar, Vishal Dadlani and Anu Malik.

Check out some pictures of Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor from the Maha Ganpati special episode of Indian Idol 10.

The Ganesha idols are worshipped every day at the start of the puja. They are immersed in water on Anant Chaturdasi.