Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed deity Ganesha's birthday. The ten-day festival is celebrated with great fanfare throughout India. The festival commences on the fourth day (Shukla Chaturthi) and ends on the fourteenth day (Anant Chaturdashi) of the waxing moon period. The re-birth of Lord Ganesha, the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival is known by various names such as 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' and 'Vinayaka Chavithi'. Here is a pictorial depiction of the story of the birth of Lord Ganesha.