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Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja

September 7 @ 10:00 AM2:00 PM

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

The festival usually spans over 10 days, with the most elaborate celebrations occurring in the Indian state of Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. However, it is celebrated with equal fervor in various parts of India and by Hindu communities worldwide.

The festival begins with the installation of elaborately crafted clay idols of Lord Ganesha in homes, temples, and public pandals (temporary structures). These idols are often adorned with colorful decorations and offerings like flowers, fruits, and sweets. Devotees worship the idol with prayers, chants, and rituals, seeking the blessings of Lord Ganesha for wisdom, prosperity, and success in endeavors.

Throughout the festival, devotees participate in various cultural events, processions, and performances, including music, dance, and dramas depicting the life and legends of Lord Ganesha. Public pandals often host community gatherings where people come together to celebrate, share meals, and engage in charitable activities.

On the final day of the festival, known as Anant Chaturdashi, the clay idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water bodies like rivers, lakes, or the sea, symbolizing his journey back to his celestial abode. This ritual, called Visarjan, is accompanied by loud chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya” (Oh Lord Ganesha, come again soon next year).

Ganesh Chaturthi is not only a religious festival but also a cultural extravaganza that fosters unity, community spirit, and environmental consciousness. In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on eco-friendly celebrations, with the use of clay idols and natural materials to minimize environmental impact during immersion.


September 7
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


St. James Episcopal Church
4 St James Place
Essex Jct., VT 05452 United States
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