Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi (Vināyaka Caturthī), or Vinayaka Chaviti (Vināyaka Cavitī) is a Hindu festival commemorating the birth of the Hindu God Ganesha (Ganesh). The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha’s clay murtis privately in homes and publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stages). Observances include chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts, such as prayers and vrata (fasting). Offerings and prasada from the daily prayers, that are distributed from the pandal to the community, include sweets such as modaka as it is believed to be a favourite of Ganesha.The festival ends on the tenth day after the start, when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea, called visarjan. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually. Thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to his celestial abode.
On this auspicious occasion, we visited the Siddhivinayak Temple on Motilal Gupta Road, Kolkata-700008. The best thing about this temple is its timings- It remains open all the days of a week from 4:00 a.m. in the morning till 11 p.m. at night.
Shri Radheshyam Agarwal and Shri Radheshyam Goenka started their artistic journey from Mallick Bari (Zamindar Bari). In 2015, they bought this Mallick house, which was almost destroyed. The house was rebuilt keeping the architecture the same. Siddhivinayak Temple was established on 26 February 2020.
How to get there?
From Howrah or Sealdah take the bus M.G.Road, get on that bus, get off M.G.Road. Get up on Maktaram Babu Street for 2 minutes. 2 minutes walk from Marble Palace. Nearest Metro Station : M.G.Road gate no 2. 300/400 from gate no.2
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