Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. It is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in Karnataka and people come together to celebrate this auspicious festival. The atmosphere of gaiety is intermingled with a kaleidoscope of colors and resplendent lights.

In old Mysore and other areas, the festival is referred as Gowri-Ganesha. The Hindus pray to images of Lord Ganesh made out of clay and painted. These are specially made for the occasion.

As is a tradition in most Indian homes, Hallimane welcomes all women to the habbadoota with arshina, kumkum and bangles. The festival menu includes modaks, kadabu’s, pancakajjaya and karjikai.