The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi finds its origin in the Maratha reign, with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj starting the festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi preparations commence from almost a month before the festival. The celebrations last for around ten days (from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi).
Ganesha pujan starts from installing a clay idol of Lord Ganesha in your home. Various dishes are cooked for offering (bhog). The idol is given a bath with pure water and then decorated with flowers.
Modak is known to be the lord’s favourite sweet and is therefore one of the main dishes made on this day.