Indians celebrate Ganesh festival in New Jersey, USA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2017 09:44:49


By Rajendra Diwe,

Indian residents in USA believe that Lord Ganesh’s blessings guarantee a H1B Visa at the American Consulate in India. This is the reason, like other Indians, residents in USA too believe that once you surrender to Ganesh and prostrate at his feet, good things start raining and all obstacles vanish into thin air, said Dr M A Rao, National President of Indian Institute of Homoeopathy Physicians (IIHP).

Dr Rao, a resident of Plot No- 403, C-06, Pioneer Residency, K T Nagar is now in USA. He has witnessed the biggest Ganesh festival 2017 held in New Jersey.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Rao said, Indians in USA in general and in New Jersey in particular are celebrating Ganesh Festival each year with zeal and fervour. They believe Ganesh would remove obstacles in their lives. Indians have prayed Lord Ganesh to guarantee a H1B Visa at the American Consulate in India, relief from the ‘bench’ after entering USA, super-quick H4 Visa for the spouse, fast Green Card processing, rapid promotion in the IT/Software/Security Analyst jobs, 100% occupancy at the Patel Motel and only male children etc.

Dr Rao mentioned that Woodbridge Center Mall in Central NJ USA would become the center of attraction for New Jersey Indian immigrants and other US visitors every year. This year the celebrations of Ganesh festival were started on August 25 and ended on August 29. This festival is popular in USA among all Indians hailing from all parts of India. People call this festival as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti or Ganesh Utsav Festival as per their traditions, he added.

A Ganesh idol with height 14ft was installed in ‘Ganesh Utsav Pandal’ in Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. A 1,000 pound Modak, favourite food of Ganapati was displayed in the pandal. Hundreds of Indian residing in the state of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut attended this celebration and Pooja every day, Dr Rao stated.

Various cultural programmes were held in these five days between 6 pm and 8 pm. There were three aartis held daily from 10 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 2 pm and 8 pm to 9 pm. Number of Indians as well as Americans took darshan every day, he said.

Besides the Woodbridge Center Mall in Central New Jersey, ‘Ganesh Utsav Festival’ was being celebrated for nine days at Bridgewater Venkateswara Temple, Princeton Durga Temple and other Hindu Temples in New Jersey. On the fifth day, i.e. on August 29, devotees gave bid adieu to Lord Ganesh by chanting Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukar Ya (O Lord Ganesha, come again next year fast). It was indeed a great experience to witness the biggest Ganesh festival in New Jersey, Dr Rao stated.