Goa welcomes Lord Ganesha

Panaji: People in Goa today welcomed the
God of good luck and prosperity--Lord Ganesha-- into their
homes and community pandals, as the 10-day-long Ganesh
festival celebrations began with pomp and gaiety.
    The idols of Lord Ganesha were brought in the homes by
the people last night and in the wee hours after which
traditional rituals were performed.
    "The festival is more of a homecoming for many people.
This is a time when families get to spend quality time," said
Swapnil Shetkar, a renowned Goan filmmaker.
    Several 'Ganeshotsav Mandals' in the state too have
installed idols at their respective pandals, which would be
immersed after ten days.
    Goa Police has beefed up security across the state in
view of the festival.