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The Pune Festival, held in the months of August-September during Ganesh Mahotsav, is the biggest festival in the city of Pune. Beginning on the day of the installation of idols of Elephant headed Lord Ganesha, one of the most loved deities of the Hindus, it goes on till the immersion of the Lord's idols on the tenth day. He is worshipped all throughout this period and is called Ganapati Pooja or Ganesh Mahotsav.

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This period marks the celebrations in Pune with tourists all over the country and the world coming to attend this event.

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The MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) organizes this festival which has events like classical dance and music recitals, a Film and drama festival, automobile rallies and some traditional sports. The maestros and stalwarts of their respective events give performances. 

This festival has grown bigger and bigger every year with a number of politicians, filmstars and noted celebrities patronising it..

The Ganesh Mahotsav meanwhile is celebrated with great pomp and show, evident by the hundreds and thousands of Mandals set up in every nook and corner of the city with blaring music and enthusiastic supporters. On the final day processions totaling upto thousands and lakhs march to the river banks of Mula and Mutha to immerse Lord Ganesha’s idols chanting “Ganapati Bappa Morya..Pudhchya Varshi Laukar Yaa”. The roots of this festival go to pre-independence times when national Pune leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak initiated this kind of celebrations done together to successfully instigate national integrity and spirit to fuel the independence struggle. Today for the outsider the Pune Festival and the Ganapati Mahotsav have become synonymous.