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Uniting people in the Park

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is a ten day Hindu Festival celebrated in the honour of elephant-headed God Ganesh's birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

This year, the Hindu community of Peterborough celebrated the festival by establishing the idol of Ganesh in Shree Ram Mandir from 5-15 September 2016.

On 15th September 2016, the Poojari (Priest), Shree Dharmeshbhai Pandya, conducted a ritual and the idol was taken to the River Nene by devotees for immersion. Over 50 devotees joined the joyous procession from Ferry Meadows car park to take Lord Ganesh over Ham Bridge and lower him in the water. The onlookers and visitors of the Nene Park joined in as well. This was the first time that the immersion of Lord Ganesh idol has taken place in Peterborough.

Ganesh has 108 different names and is considered to be the Lord of Science and Arts, God of Wisdom. He is honoured at the start of all the rituals and ceremonies.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated with great devotion especially in India all over the world. In India, people bring home murtis (idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a length of time, depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.

The joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi unites the people from every way of life. The festival ends with the immersion of the idol on 11th day in the body of sea, river or lake with extensive fanfare. 

The Hindu community of Peterborough would like to thank Nene Park Trust for their kind permission and cooperation for this event.

Mr Joshi
Bharat Hindu Samaj (Hindu community)