Ganapati festival is the most popular community festival in Maharashtra. Many Maharashtrian families also celebrate this festival for eleven days. Our Marathi film and TV stars, who are otherwise busy with their shooting schedule throughout the year, take off for few days, to be with their families, to celebrate this festival in traditional manner.
Now days, many celebrities from Marathi TV and Film industry belong to places like Pune, Nashik, Sangli and Nagpur and they all proceed to their native places to welcome Ganpati Bappa to their homes. Prominent among them were Prarthana Behere, Shantanu Moghe and wife Priya , who were surprised to find some television unit visiting their Ganapati bappa. Popular TV show anchor and actor Nilesh Sable is with his family in Pune to celebrate Ganapati fest, while Abhijeet Khandkekar is with his wife at Nashik to celebrate this traditional fest at his home.
Film makers Ravi Jadhav and actor Sameer Dharmadhikari have prepared the idol of eco friendly Ganapati idol at home with his family and then offer prayers with his entire family. Among others who are celebrating Ganapati with their family are Swwapnil Joshi, Kedar Shinde, Kishori Godbole, Chinmay Udgirkar, Yogita Chitale & Sayali Sanjeev . Some senior actors like Mohan Joshi, while celebrating the festival have also spoken about environment friendly festival, making an appeal to people in Maharashtra to avoid noise pollution.