iGlobal has collated this special as we get ready to welcome Ganpati Bappa into our homes and temples to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha – the god of auspicious beginnings associated with wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on September 19 and Ganesh Visarjan is observed on September 28.
Meanwhile, here’s a quick review of some highlights to watch out for as the British Indian diaspora celebrates the festival with pomp…
Edinburgh Hindu Temple will be celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi, including the Sthapana (installing the idol) and the Visarjan (immersing in a body of water, marking the end of the festival).
Also on the same day, in Nottingham, the Sanskriti Association of Nottingham in association with Bhagwati Shakti Peeth, have arranged grand celebrations to celebrate the festival. From traditional and cultural festivities like a lively procession and music to fun activities like antakshari, quizzes, talent show and sports, the “Ganeshotsav and Anandmela 2023” has something for everyone.
There will also be a daily aarti and a prashad (food offering) dinner offered to all visiting devotees.
The Visarjan is scheduled at Wollaton Park in association with Nottingham City Council and NAAC on September 28.
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Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal’s 16th Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations will be held on September 19 and 20. There will be food stalls, fun-filled competitions - both online and at the venue – as well as dhol, DJ, lezim performances and a grand procession will mark Hounslow’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
The Bromley Temple & Cultural Association’s Ganesh Mahotsav event will be the associations 5th Ganesh Utsav. The day will consist of Sthapana, aarti, the cultural programme and the visarjan on the same day and will be held at the Crofton Halls.
Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple has been at the forefront of Ganesh Utsav festivities for many years running. This year’s festivities are also all set to draw in large crowds and see several local community artists and children showcase their talents to the wider community. With fun cooking and drawing competition entries already opened and underway – the winners being announced on the day – the event promises to be another grand welcome for Bappa.
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Southampton’s South Indian Arts and Cultural Society will also be hosting an elaborate event which will include ceremonies like the alankaram (decoration), avahanam (invocation), cultural performances and abisekham (ritual bathing of the idol) at the Garth Hill College
The Marathi Mandal Reading’s “Ganeshotsav 2023” will be held at the Reading Hindu Temple and will see a host and range of various activities, with something for everyone!