Ganesh Festival (Ganesha Chaturthi)
Look at the web site of the Ganesh temple, the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam and the list of festivals performed in this temple.
Every year, in Paris, on a mobile date corresponding to the early September full moon, the Ganesh Temple, named SRI MANIKAR VINAYAKAR ALAYAM, located at 72, rue Philippe de Girard, in the 18th district, organizes the birthday celebration of the most popular and beloved hindu God. It is the Ganesha Chaturthi. This celebration is a prodigious festival in India, especially in Bombay (Mumbai), where continuous religious ceremonies are performed during ten days. On the tenth day, huge Ganesh images are driven in the streets; millions people are present there. By the end of that day, those statues, made of perissable materials, such as clay, are immersed in the sea nearby, where they merge and return to the Nature.
In Paris a chariot, wonderfully adorned with thousands flowers, welcomes the magnificent Ganesh image made of golden bronze, which usually abides in the temple. A second chariot welcomes the Ganesh's brother, the god Skanda, also named Murugan or Karttikeya. These chariots are hand pulled by devotees in the streets, among the general happiness and religious fervour of the Hindu community, gathered here, living in France. Many non-hindu people also come to look at the parade and to enjoy the ambiance.
Photos of this festival
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