Vinayaka Chathurthi was celebrated across Tamil Nadu on Saturday with religious fervour.

People offered prayers to Ganesha, believed to be the provider of knowledge and remover of obstacles and offered him ’kozhukattai’, a sweet south Indian dish.

People cutting across ages prayed the elephant-headed God for prosperity and success in all endeavours of life.

Vinayaka idols made of clay and decorated with garlands and adorned by colourful umbrellas were common sight in many a household.

Large idols of Lord Ganesha were installed in many places in the city and its suburbs which would be immersed in sea after week-long celebrations.

Police have demarcated specific places for idol immersion.

Opposition Leader Jayalalithaa and state BJP president Pon Radhakrishnan had greeted people on the occasion and wished all-round prosperity and wellness.

In Puducherry people celebrated Vinayaka Chaturthi with religious fervour.

Special poojas were performed to the presiding deity at the famous temple of Sri Manakula Vinayakar dating back to several decades in the town.

In the 1600-year old Lord Karpaga Vinayagar temple in Pillayarpatti near Sivaganga, thousands of devotees offered worship to the presiding deity as the 10-day long Vinayaka Chathurthi festival drew to a close on Saturday.