Now in the 7th year of celebration, Swindon Ganesh Utsav has become the hallmark for the celebration of culture, unity, and spiritual enrichment, report by Ragasudha Vinjamuri
Ganesh Chaturthi was spectacularly celebrated in Swindon recently, demonstrating the rich vibrancy of the festival and drawing diverse communities together. The attendance of more than 2500 people to the three-day event is an endorsement of cultural harmony and togetherness not only in Swindon but in the entire Southwest of England and Wales region. Now in the 7th year of celebration, Swindon Ganesh Utsav has become the hallmark for the celebration of culture, unity, and spiritual enrichment.
The event had a grand colourful procession of the deity from Swindon Hindu Temple, with energetic Indian drum beating led by Dhol Beats UK team. Cultural programs included traditional dances, music, and folk arts by professionals as well as children. Food festival, Mehndi (Henna), stalls of Indian ethnic wear etc were the fascinating pull factors at this festival. Deepak Chaudhary, Minister of Coordination at the High Commission of India, was among the dignitaries who attended.
Speaking to Asian Lite, Ashish Channawar- Convenor of Swindon Mitra Mandal and the organiser of the Swindon Ganesh Utsav said “More than 900 people gave a grand farewell at the Visarjan alone to Bhagwaan Ganesha, who is worshipped as the remover of obstacles. There was an enormous enthusiasm among the community members from receiving, installing, to bidding adieu to the deity”. Adding further, he stated “This event is a testament to the unity and diversity that makes Swindon so special. It’s a celebration of bonds that connect us all”.
Pradeep Bhardwaj, Chairman of Swindon Hindu Temple Trust said, “We are delighted to create a more immersive experience this year where attendees not only reveled in the festivities but also gained a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Lord Ganesha”.