Ganesh Chaturthi holds a special place in Ranthambore and Sawai Madhopur and is celebrated to commemorate the origin of Lord Ganesh, who is said to have been born on this day. The Ganesha temple in the fort of Ranthambore is one of the most eminent Ganesha temples of Rajasthan. On this day, thousands of devotees visit the temple. The area has its own share of markets where you can find general merchandise and small trinkets to shop for. A completely religious picture of Ranthambore is portrayed during the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi.
It is a sacred festival of Hindus that is celebrated with zest and devotion in all over India. But the festivities at Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore are some what special. Marking the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, celebrating this religious event has become inherent in the lives of people who dedicate this festival to their god of prosperity with full reverence. There are many religious rites and rituals that take place inside the temple. People sing devotional “bhajans” and do “kirtans” in the temple premises. The idol of the deity is painted in bright orange color and decorated with sparkling ornaments. It is also offered garlands that are made of flowers of marigold. Some people observe fast on Ganesh Chaturthi. After all the religious ceremonies are over, the sacred idol of Ganesha is immersed in holy waters. The markets at Ranthambore sell idols of deities, eatables, and other pieces of antiquities.