Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honor the elephant-headed God Ganesha's birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganpati, the god of wisdom and the benevolent deity of the dynasty of Peshwas who ruled Maharashtra inculcating a special culture in the state. Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of all. Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to mark the birth anniversary of the deity and is celebrated on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada.