Paoli Puja or Paoli Pujan is a ceremony exclusively held in
Maharashtra and it kick starts the Ganesh Chaturthi
Festival preparation. It is held more than 2.5 half months before the Ganesh
Chaturthi puja in the Jyeshta month. The foot of the Ganesha Murti is
worshipped on the day.
On a raised platform a Kalash is placed. Nearby it the huge foot of the murti is placed on flowers. Offerings of fruits, coconut, betel leaves and betel nuts are also made. Lamps are lit and prayers are offered. The foot is decorated with garlands.
You can view the pictures of Paoli Puja of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav here at the Indian Express