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Ganesh Chaturthi : Places to head out for celebrations in Delhi & Gurgaon

Huge pandals are set-up in various neighbourhoods, and temples have incorporated special rituals and cultural performances. Individuals are also bringing home Ganesha, and embellishing him with ornaments, and offering modaks and laddoos.

If you want to experience the true spirit of the festival, here’s the lowdown on the celebrations across Delhi-NCR, where you can sing along to Ganapati Bappa Morya!

    • Clean India Green India  : The Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti in Gurgaon is celebrating 25 years of its inception with the theme of Clean India, Green India. There will be a four feet eco-friendly clay idol of Ganesha. At this pandal, the use of plastic will be discouraged and the decorations will be made out of paper. This has been decided keeping in mind the objective of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. During the 10 days, there will be activities such as a kavi sammelan, a Hindi-Marathi play Guldasta, and a Marathi play U-Turn 2. There will be a musical night too.
      • Where: HUDA Community Centre, Sector 27, Gurgaon
      • Timings: 7.30 pm onwards
    • Dilli’s Lal Bagh Ka Raja : The third Lal Bagh Ka Raja Ganapati Mahotsav by Lal Bagh Ka Raja Trust (Reg) will have a Ganesha idol as high as a 15-storey building. The idol will be a replica of Mumbai’s famous Lalbaugcha Raja, and the organisers claim that this will be the Capital’s tallest Ganesha! Besides an embellished pandal, there will also be entertaining performances by Bollywood celebrities.
      • Where: Netaji Subhash Place ground, Pitampura
      • Timings: 8am to 10pm
  • Ganapati in Odiya-style: From the pandal theme to decorations, Ganesha idol, pooja rituals and prasad — everything reflecting the essence of Odisha will be at this pandal in Gurgaon. The Odiya community has been celebrating the Ganesha festival for eight years, in the Millennium City. This year, too, the festivities will have traditional aarti at 12.30pm and 6.30pm. Besides, there will be cultural performances by artists from Odisha.
    • Where: Kendriya Vihar, Community Hall, Sector 56, Gurgaon
    • Dates: August 25 to 27
    • Timings: 7.30pm
  • In the temple template :The Sree Vinayaka Mandir Committee is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in a grand manner. On August 25, Ganapati Homam (havan) will begin from 5.30am, and in the evening at 5pm. One can also take part in the celebrations with the maha aarti at 10.30am. There will be a procession of gaja (elephant), pooja (prayer) and gau (cow). Since Ganesha is also considered the God of knowledge, one can also participate in Veda Pranayam, which will be from 4pm on the first day.
    • Where: Sree Vinayaka Mandir Marg, Sarojini Nagar
    • Timings: 5.30am
  • Cultural Delight : Delhi Tourism in association with Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is all set to celebrate the year’s most awaited 10 day-long Ganesh Utsav at Dilli Haat, INA. The festivities will kick-off from August 25 in a colourful ceremony. The venue has been decorated keeping in mind the festival’s long traditional history. There’s also a temporary temple of Lord Ganesha built within the premises, where the organisers will hold morning and evening aartis. There will be a plethora of colourful cultural shows and performances by artists of various genres every evening. To satiate your taste buds, there will be a variety of food stalls.
    • Where: Dilli Haat, INA
    • When: August 25 to September 4
    • Timings: 11am to 10pm

 

Source: Hindustan Times

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