MMLA CELEBRATES GANESH CHATURTHI WITH PRIDE & DEVOTION
Birthday of Lord Ganesh
Maharashtra Mandal, Los Angeles, California, USA has been following this Tradition since 2009
Los Angeles, Oct. 08, 2012
NRIpress- V.Pawar/ Ramesh
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by the Hindus all throughout the world. It is in fact the Birthday of ‘Lord Ganesh’. This tradition is observed in the month of ‘Bhadra’, and predominant, especially in the Western State of Maharashtra. This festival lasts for 10 days ending on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.
The Ganesh Murti is decorated exclusively with flowers bringing happiness, peace and prosperity to the devotees and creating a religious ambience to the Puja. Throughout the ceremony, Vedic Hymns from the Rig Veda and Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad and Ganesh Stotra from the Narada Purana are chanted to honor THE LORD GANESH. Everyone was dressed in the Maharashtrian Traditional costumes both men and women. Women, wore flowers and jewelry to enhance the Maharashtrian Traditional outfits which brought back the Traditional setting at event. It almost brought memories back and everyone imagined, as though they were in Maharashtra.
Lord Ganesh is known to shower HIS blessings to the devotees, ringing in Happiness, Peace, and Prosperity and ringing out the sorrows & misfortunes.
The Maharashtra Mandal, Los Angeles, California, headed by the President Mr. Shailesh Shetye, had organized this event beautifully. The event was celebrated at the Milliken High School, 2800 Snowden Ave, Long Beach, CA on September 29, 2012. The Highlight of this event was the Maha Puja & Aarti which was attended by approximately 800 people. Each person got a chance to pay DARSHAN to the Great Lord Ganesh. MMLA decided to call their Ganesh, ‘LA CHA RAJA’ meaning the King of Los Angeles.
The Maha Puja was followed by Lunch which was served with respect to the Senior Citizens and then followed by the rest. The lunch was delicious and tantalizing. Then there was entertainment. Several children participated in the cultural event. kids actually sang Marathi songs and presented some Marathi dramatic skits. It was amazing to know how these kids had embraced the Marathi Language and could speak in the Marathi Language fluently. I must give credit to the parents who have encouraged their kids and have played an important role in keeping the tradition alive. There was special performance presented by NDM Bollywood Dance Studios, which stood out with prestige, receiving the maximum awards.
The highlight of the cultural event was the ‘GAJRA’ Drama written and presented by local writers and artists. The Artists were phenomenal, capturing the audience with their comedy and fully entertaining them. Everyone looks forward to another one of those.
The Cultural Event was followed by the Uttar Puja, and everyone danced to the music portraying Happiness and Joy that THE LORD GANESH had bestowed upon them. There were several Buses arranged to go to Redondo Beach for Visharjan to immerse the Murti of Lord Ganesh.
The MMLA committee members who made this happen are as follows: President – Shailesh Shetye, Secretary – Sudhanwa Karmarkar, Treasurer – Deepa Desai, Marathi Shala – Nikhil Shaligran, Sponsorships & Advertisements – Nitin Pusalkar, Webmaster – Dinesh Bhirad, Stage Management – Akshay Anaokar, Food Management – Swati Kadam, and the Committes Members are Swapnil Jadhav, Rohit Gawande, Chaitali Parashare Gawande, Vabhavari Urankar Mane, Sachin Santukke.
NRI-PRESS is proud to cover this event and bring light to the Maharashtrian Community, representing Maharashtra State, India.