Ten days of Ganeshotsav Festival observed in Christchurch

Ganesha Pooja at the residence of Hitesh and Seema Sharma (Photo Supplied)

Shirish Paranjape
Christchurch, September 18, 2022

The residents of Christchurch participated in a multitude of celebrations to mark the Ganeshotsav Festival this year.

It started with the public Ganesh Chaturthi Aarti and Prasad dinner organised by Hitesh and Seema Sharma of Maia Foods. This was the seventh year that they were organising the Ganesh Chaturthi event.

Lord Ganesha, the Remover of All Obstacles is worshipped by all Hindus (Photo Supplied)

Auspicious Chhappan Bhog

Several other families including Veena and Sudhir Joshi, Suruchi and Abhay Vengurlekar, and Sonal and Avi Gangurde held Ganeshotsav events at their homes.

Sonal and Avi invited about six guests daily over many days, and offered different items as the Prasad, with the total number of items being 56, to reflect ‘Chhappan Bhog.’

At many events, children took the centre stage, sang prayers, and recited shlokas.

Apli Manse, the Christchurch Marathi Group organised the grand finale on the tenth day of Anant Chaturdashi. The event included cultural programmes, Maha Aarti and Takeaway Prasad. Preeti and Sameer Gaikwad and Ketaki Tamhankar presented a skit in Marathi, the first of its kind in Christchurch.

Shirish and Manik forward the donations received with matching funds to the Cancer Society after Ganesh Chaturthi every year (Photo Supplied)

Donation to Cancer Society

It was a wonderful period of ten days, with lots of social connections, colourful costumes and good vegetarian food during the recently concluded Ganeshotsav period at Christchurch.

Children participated in the ten-day Festival reciting slokas and presenting a Marathi Skit (Photo Supplied)

Shirish Paranjape is Indian Newslink Correspondent in Christchurch. As done in the past, he and his wife Manik celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in their home. In view of the increased number of guests, prayers were held over two days, with about 40 guests each day. They were invited to donate to the Cancer Society. Shirish and Manik matched the amount collected.

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