Ganeshotsav festivities include murti sthapana (4-feet tall!), aartis, poojas, anand bhoj and entertainment

Ganpati 2016: UK Indians, NRIs celebrate Ganeshotsav in true tradition from September 5th to 15th

Archana Venkatraman

NRIs, London Indians and Indians across the UK are celebrating Ganpati festival celebrations from September 5th to September 15th 2016 in authentic style with UK Indian associations and Marathi mandals organising Ganesha idol painting and decorations, processions, traditional poojas, aartis, modaks, cultural programmes, entertainment, traditional food and grand visarjan (immersion).

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Ganesh Chaturthi in London 2016: Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal members welcome Hounslow Cha Raja

Like every year, Indians settled in London and other parts of the UK are prepping in full swing to welcome Lord Ganesha in true Indian style and spirit.

Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal (HGM London 2016)

Like every year, this year too Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal hosted its spirited, extravagant and enthusiastic Ganpati Festival celebrations.

HGM's Ganpati Murti - taller than ever before!

 In its 9th year now, HGM London’s 2016 Ganeshotsav festivities include setting up of a majestic 4-feet tall Ganesha Murti especially flown in from Mumbai and designed by artist Prashant Mayekar. Every year, HGM’s Ganesha Murtis are about 2.5-feet tall making this year even more special with a magnanimous idol sthapana.  

Nashik Dhol for Ganpati Bappa visarjan procession at Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal

HGM’s Ganeshotsav celebrations were held at Hounslow’s Laxminarayan Temple on 5th and 6th of September. the Grand visarjan (Immersion) included procession of Bappa's murti and dhol (Nashik Dhol) and the venue of immersion was Tideway Scullers School, Chiswick Bridge, Dukes Meadow.

Rising Stars - HGM Ganeshotsav celebrations included talented children participate in cultural programmes. Participants and winners will be honoured on Sunday September 11th at ASDA Hounslow

The celebrations featured talented Indian origin children show off their skills and talents through cultural programmes and events. HGM is honouring the rising stars with prizes and certificates on September 11th at ASDA Hounslow at 1pm BST. 

Maharashtra Mandal London (MML)

London-based association Maharashtra Mandal London (MML) will host Ganeshotsav festivities for full 10 days starting from September 5th. It begins with Ganpati Pratisthapana and pooja followed by aarti on day 1. It is followed by Ganpati darshan and aartis until 14th September. Then, on Thursday, September 15th, Visarjan Day, MML’s Ganeshotsav will end with Grand Miravnook with Dhol Tasha around the Mandal, Ganesh aarti and Visarjan at the venue.

Find more details here.

Sai Dham Nottingham UK

Sai Dham (Nottingham) UK is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi for 10 days from Monday, 5th September. It will kick off the celebrations at 8am in the morning with Ganesha Murti Sthapana followed by Ganesh Aarti. For all 10 days, the organization will be doing daily aarti in the morning and evening and serve light dinner (Anand Bhoj) after the evening aarti. The celebrations at Sai Dham Nottingham includes cultural and entertainment events including Kavi Sammelan on 9th September in the evening; Games, clay modelling, drawing and satyanarayan katha on 10th September; traditional day, kids’ quiz show, talent show and antakshari on Sunday, September 11th. Its 2016 Ganesh Utsav celebrations will end on September 15th with the Murti Visarjan.

See more details here.

Slough Mitra Mandal (SMM)

Slough Mitra Mandal, another popular Maharashtrian association, is hosting its Ganesh Chaturthi festivities between Sunday, September 4th and Friday, September 9th at Slough Hindu temple. It begins with a grand Ganpati arrival procession. Ganpati sthapana and poojas and aartis will begin from September 5th. The celebrations include cultural stage activities, iconic games such as antakshari and Mahaprasad.

Find more details here.

Maharashtra Mandal Scotland

Maharashtra Mandal Scotland (MM Scotland) celebrates fifth year of its Ganesh Utsav in Glasgow. The Maharashtrian community association welcomes everyone to witness an entertaining celebration of Ganapati in its most unique style featuring traditional Indian food and entertainment in the form of Hindi & Marathi songs with its own music band.

Shree Ganapathy Temple Wimbledon

SW19’s popular Ganapathy Temple will perform Vinayaga Chaturthi Pooja on September 5th 2016 and invites everyone interested for the pooja.

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