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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated at Grayslake Hindu Mandir

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GRAYSLAKE, IL- Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi for 10 days from September 09, 2021, to September 19, 2021, with much devotion and simplicity. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Chaturthi of Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which falls in August-September. On the last day of festivity known as Ganesha Visarjan, the temple management requested its devotees to follow all the COVID-19 guidelines in which more than 250 devotes participated. For the second consecutive year, the celebrations have been scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The first-day celebration involved welcoming and shthapana/installation of eco-friendly Murtis of Ma Gauri and Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and prosperity on a beautifully decorated stage with flowers and colorful lights followed by sponsors’ Sankalpam, Abhishekam, and formal Pujan with all the Vedic Mantrocharan by temple priest Pt. Anil Pandit Ji and devotees. Nandini and Dilip Vishveshwar Rao took lead in organizing this festival and everyday evening formal Archana and Arati of Ma Gauri and Lord Ganesh. Every day, devotees brought flowers, fruits, and homemade Naivedyam and sang Lord Ganesh and Gauri Bhajans with much enthusiasm and adoration.

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On the last day, many devotees brought their home idols of Lord Ganesh to the temple for worship and visarjan. Pt. Joshi Ji performed the grand Archana and Arati of the temple’s Ma Gauri and Lord Ganesh together with several devotees’ Lord Ganesh Murtis by following all the Vedic rituals and requested all the devotees to chant with him Lord Ganesh Stotram and Arati. Devotees carried all the Murtis of Lord Ganesh in the procession for visarjan and chant Ganpati slogans and songs: ‘Ganpati Bappa Mory… Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!’ (Lord Ganesh … come again soon next year!); ‘Ek Do Teen, Chaar, Ganapati Ki Jay Jay Kaar.’ Before the actual immersion, Pt. Joshi Ji performed Archana, Pujan, and prayers of Lord Ganesh and Varun Dev and prayed for the Covid free world. Temple Ganesh was immersed in the water tank first and later all the devotees’ Ganesh Murtis were immersed one by one.

Additionally, temple volunteers distributed Maha Prasadam sponsored by Shashi and Anil Aggarwal to all the devotees. Pt Joshi Ji and thanked all the devotees for their support and participation and blessed everyone for their good health, wealth, and success in life.

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