While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The largest Ganesh statues, on display to the public, are usually immersed on Ananta Chaturdasi -- 11 days. The photos showcases the visarjan of Lord Ganesha at the Girgaon Chawpati, Mumbai.
Public celebrations of the festival are hugely popular, with local communities (mandalas) vying with each other to put up the biggest statue and the best pandal. The festival is also the time for cultural activities like singing and theater performances, orchestra and community activities like free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, etc.