Ganpati puja in Leeds

Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi, Gaṇēśa Caturthī or Vināyaka Caviti) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. Celebrations are traditionally held on the 4th day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhaadrapada, according to the Hindu calendar. This usually falls between the August and September months of the Gregorian Calendar. Festivities usually finish in 10 days, on the fourteenth day of the same fortnight (Anant Chaturdashi). The festival is celebrated both publicly and privately at home. The modern day version of public celebrations involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and worshiping together for ten days. The private celebration involves installing an appropriate sized clay image at home and worshiping with family and friends. In both cases, at the end of the festival the idols are immersed and subsequently dissolved in a body of water such as a lake or a pond.

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