Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.
Ananta Chaturdashi is the 10th and penultimate day of the great Ganesha Utsav or festival that begins with Vinayaka Chathurthi. At the end of this day, Lord Ganesh is given a grand farewell and the idols that were installed for the festival are carried to the nearby river, lake or sea front and immersed with a lot of devotion and fanfare.
I first did this ceremony last year (in 2015) by the river Thames, in Richmond, London, UK. There were about 5 of us. And a photojournalist friend. And to our pleasant surprise, we found that nearby (about 10 metres away)..a local Hindu community was also doing a much bigger scaled version ..immersing their Ganapathy statue in the Thames.
We waited till they had done their ceremony, then went to the water and immersed our Ganapathy.
So come join us this year (tomorrow).
- Date: Thursday 15th September 2016
- Time: 7pm to about 9pm
- Place: Terrace Garden area, Richmond, London
Here is a map of the area where we will be.
meetup link for this event.
there are many who honour and worship the Hindu Elephant-headed God Ganapathy (Ganesh). He is a remover of obstacles! In London, this time of the year, the Ganapathy temple conducts their annual festival..which culminates after many weeks of celebrations and special poojas, with the Chariot Festival (Ther).
I will be attending this, and walking with the deities with the large chariots ..along the side roads.. to gain full divine blessings of Lord Ganapathy.
You are most welcome to do so.. (even if it is only for part of the journey).
Buses will be diverted in that area.. Please check TFL website for updates.
Nearest Tube: Wimbledon (District line)..Then bus 200 goes closer to Effra Road. `Colliers wood’ and `south Wimbledon’ are also nearby tube stations (Northern line) ..from which you will need to either walk 30 mins..or take buses to get to Effra Road.
125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU.
The Chariot Festival will begin at 8.30am in the morning,.and conclude around 1pm…Then deities will be taken inside temple..fore more prayers / poojas..
(I aim to be at the temple by 8am. On this occasion, I will NOT be waiting to collect / organise anyone…as following early morning shower/ purification and meditations, I will be observing silence and get to the temple asap..to begin worship).
As some are already aware, last year (2015) in Autumn, I began organising/ facilitating `Hindu Magic Rituals’ in outdoor venues…
There has been a little gap. With this Ganapathy festival, I will be re-starting a full set of Hindu Magic rituals.
I will of course be sharing these events also in my other meetup `London Woodland Witches & outdoor Pagans’ .
Hindu auspicious Dates 2016 (July – December).
Hi All, apologies for not doing this 6 months ago.. I have put together this list for Hindu auspicious dates/ rituals take place in 2016. (dates collected from various online sites, as well as the booklets published by some of the major Hindu temples in London that I frequent). As many know, Hinduism is just full of so many events, fasting days, auspicious dates.. So this is just a part of that spectrum.. (one’s that are of interest to me at the moment..where I do Hindu magical works). Note that this list is also published as a page under my main menu (submenu under Hinduism) so you can always find it there. Bright Blessings. -Mani
1st July- Prathosham – special day for Shiva worship (bi monthly)
7th July- Sathurthi – special day for Ganapathy (monthly)
15th July- Ekathasi – special day for Vishnu (monthly)
17th July- Prathosham
22nd July- Kodi etram at Ealing Durga temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)
24th July- Kodi etram at Wimbledon Ganapthy temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)
29th July- Ekathasi
31st July – Prathosham
6th August – Sathurthi
7th August – Wimbledon Ganapathy Ther festival (Chariot through streets)
12th August – Varaluxmi Pooja – sacred day for worshipping of Luxmi (Lakshmi) Goddess of Love & wealth (equivalent of Venus). She was born of the churning of the seas, and God Vishnu marries her.
14th August – Ekathasi
14th August – Ealing Durga Temple- Chariot Festival
15th Aug- Prathosham
25th Aug – Krishna Jayanthi
28th Aug – Ekathasi
29th Aug- Prathosham
4th September– Vinayagar Sathurthi (Chaturthi) – Birthday of God Ganapathy / Ganesh celebrated .( It falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada)..The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. It’s forbidden to look at the moon on this first night as legend had it the moon laughed at Lord Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. (see below for blog).
12th Sept- Ekathasi
14th Sept- Prathosham
26th Sept- Ekathasi
28th Sept- Prathosham
1st October – Navarathri begins . Nine nights of the Goddess festival/ rituals for Durga, Luxmi & Saraswathy. (see below for blog)
2nd Oct- Wimbledon Ganapathy temple- Chandi Omam
4th Oct- Sathurthi
9th October- Saraswathy Pooja.
10th October- Vijayathasami (vijayadhasami) – the 10th day after Navarathri festivals is celebrated as a day of victory and special day (also said to be when Lord Raman returned to his kingdom, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after having been exiled in the forest for 14 years). see below for blog.
12th Oct- Ekathasi
13th Oct- Prathosham
26th Oct- Ekathasi
27th Oct- Prathosham
29th October – Deevali / Diwali (Deepavali – Tamil for path of light) – major Hindu festival of light.
31st October – kanthashashti fasting (viratham) begins – sacred time of worship for Murugan, god of war (brother of God Ganesh)
3rd Nov- Sathurthi
5th November- Kanthashashti / *Sooran Por (demon war) – Murugan defeats the Demon.Sooran Por (skanthashashti) – final day of the sacred rituals for Murugan.
6th November – Thirukalyanam– wedding of Murugan.
12th Nov – Prathosham
26th Nov – Prathosham
3rd Dec- Sathurthi
10th Dec- Ekathasi
11th Dec – Prathosham
12th & 13th Dec- Karthikai Villakeedu – Day of light for all hearth & homes. Homes are decorated with many small lamps on doorways, entrances.
24th Dec- Ekathasi
26th Dec- Prathosham
A spiritual offering to you all.. first look at this Willow twig/branch sculpture I have been making from all the pruned pieces…since September 2012.. It is Ganapathy (Ganesh) the elephant-headed Hindu God of course. 🙂
It started with some difficult issues with neighbours..and I had to do a drastic prunning/ cutting of branches of my much loved Willow tree. But I promised that every piece will be used for a good reason..and this is one of them 🙂 (The other is a small one-person meditation hut by the tree, with branches covering parts of the sides (picture another time).
So I guess you could call it Eco-art.
Last week I created `tusks’ and repaired the wear & tear of the previous winter months.. and more work needed.. But now..there is another danger.. those birds are hunting for twigs…to make their nests 🙂
But hey, am sure Lord Ganesh won’t mind.. and neither do I 🙂
Love n Light to you all.
`Om Ganapathy Namaha’