Gowri Ganesha Festival, also known as Swarna Gowri Vratam, is an important festival that coincides with the famous Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Karnataka and in some parts of Andhra Pradesh. It is observed 3rd
and third and fourth day in the Kannada Bhadrapada month and the festival is also known as Gowri Habba. The first day of the festival is Gouri Habba and the second day is Vinayaka Chaturthi. In 2008, the date of Gowri Ganesha Festival is September 2 and September 3. Gowri Habba is on September 2 and Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 3.
An idol of Goddess Gowri (Goddess Parvati) is worshipped on the Gowri Habba day. Usually the idol is prepared using Turmeric or a clay idol of Goddess Gowri is also procured from the market. There are several regional variations in the observance. In some places, a clay idol of Ganesha is also worshipped. The main legend is associated with a creation of Ganesha from her own body Goddess Gowri.