Thousands of devotees thronged Surat to welcome the deity of prosperity Lord Ganesha. The ten-day-long festival kicked off with fervour and zeal across the city on August 17. Devotees grooved to various Bollywood songs. People from every nook and corner of Surat came to welcome Lord Ganesha. Several pandals have been set up in the city. Markets are offering colourful idols, fruits and flowers. Sweet shops are selling mouth-watering 'motichoor laddoo' to the devotees.