Don't miss: This Robot performs aarti during Ganesh Chaturthi

New Delhi, Sep 13: The ten-day long Ganesh festival kicked off with zeal and fervour across India Thursday.The festival began with devotees, mostly attired in traditional clothes, bringing colourfully-crafted idols of the elephant-headed God in their homes and pandals and installing them amid chants of 'Ganapati bappa moraya', beating of drums and and sprinkling of 'gulal' (red coloured powder).

A viral video of a robot performing aarti of Lord Ganesha also went viral on Ganesh Chaturthi. The robot was doing Aarti near Lalbagh ganapati pandal in Mumbai.Several beautifully decked up pandals have been erected in all major states, cities and towns all over the country for people to worship.Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is celebrated across the country as birthday of Lord Ganesha which comes to an end after 10 days when people come out inlarge numbers for immersing the idols in the sea or in different water bodies.The festival sees devotees offering to the deity various sweets as prasad, of which 'modak' (sweet rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery) is an integralpart.According to the Hindu mythology, modak is believed to be Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet. As per the rituals, 21 modaks are offered to the God and eventually served todevotees.