Celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi
published : 14 Sep 2020 at 17:02
Ganesha Chaturthi, is an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated in India, Thailand and other parts of the world.
It marks the birthday of the beloved elephant-headed God Ganesha, who is known by 108 different names, including Vighnaharta (averter of obstacles). Ganesha, is known as the God of wealth, sciences, knowledge, wisdom and prosperity, and that's why most Hindus invoke him and seek his blessings at the onset of any important work. It is believed that devotees who pray to Ganesha are able to fulfil their wishes and desires. There are four main rituals performed during the 10-day long festival. 1. Pranapratishhtha: A priest chants mantra to invoke life in the deity 2. Shhodashopachara: Prayers are offered along with Vedic chants 3. Uttarpuja: A Prayer bidding farewell to Ganesha; and 4. Ganpati Visarjan, The idol is immersed into the water, amidst music and dancing with gay abandon, and a plea to Ganesha to come back early the next year.
VHP Thailand has been organising grand Gsnesha Festival in Thailand since 2008 but due to COVID-19, this year Ganesha Festival was organised on 29 and 30 August on a smaller scale in Ratchaburi province with extended activities of Tree Plantation (6,000 saplings in the area of 30 Rai), Ekal Scholarships and Sewa for local communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, VHP Thailand supported 3,000 families of nine districts who faced adversity due to the highly contagious Coronavirus.
The following dignitaries and guests joined the annual celebration:
Her Excellency, Smt. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand
H.E. Ambassador (Retd.) Swaminathan Ramachandran
Khun Chayawut Janthon, Governor of Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
Khun Jirasak Chu-khwaam-di: Deputy Director General of Royal Forestry Department
Shri Susheel Kumar Saraff, President, VHP Thailand
Shri Ashok Kumar Chawla, Senior Vice President, VHP Thailand
Shri Pradeep Singhal, Vice President, VHP Thailand
Smt. Sophana Srichampa, Vice President, VHP Thailand
Shri A.N. Tiwari, General Secretary, VHP Thailand
Advisors, Patrons, Executive Committee Members along with Ganesha festival committee members of VHP Thailand as well as sponsors and senior members of partner organisations also joined the auspicious occasion with family. The two-day activities of the Ganesha Festival ended with a promise to return next year.
Glimpses of the 13th Ganesha Festival 2020 (video)
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