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Ganesh Chaturthi is a significant Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and god of wisdom. It involves installing murti (form of god sculpture), performing pujas, offering sweets, and reciting hymns. The festival promotes unity, new beginnings, and seeking divine blessings. The immersion of idols in water symbolizes life's cyclical nature. It emphasizes wisdom, humility, and adaptability, while also encouraging eco-friendly practices.

  • Date: 19/09/2023 18:30 - 23/09/2023 18:30
  • Location 215 Carlton Road, Nottingham, UK (Map)
  • More Info: Hindu Temple Cultural & Community Centre of Nottingham


Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of wisdom, and the god of new beginnings. The festival falls on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees install Lord Ganesha in their homes or public places and offer prayers and offerings to seek his blessings. The festival is marked by elaborate pujas (worship ceremonies), recitation of bhajans and prayers dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and the preparation of special sweets and dishes as offerings.

One of the iconic features of Ganesh Chaturthi is the creation and installation of clay murti of Lord Ganesha, often in intricate and artistic forms. These murti's (Forms)  are worshiped throughout the festival, with devotees visiting temples and temporary shrines to pay their respects.

The festival is particularly vibrant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grand processions. These processions involve the immersion of the Ganesha Murti in bodies of water, symbolizing the return of Lord Ganesha to his celestial abode and the cycle of creation and dissolution.

Overall, Ganesh Chaturthi holds a special place in Hindu traditions, fostering devotion, community bonding, and the hope for a fresh start. It transcends religious boundaries and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm by people from diverse backgrounds.

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