For Maharashtra Mandal London, this year is more special as 2015 marks the 25th year milestone of its Ganeshotsav celebrations….writes Ragasudha Vinjamuri
The 10-day festival of Ganesha is just around the corner. People are gearing up to prepare traditional dishes such as modak and different groups across Britain are preparing to venerate the deity. Children are looking forward to wear their new clothes bought for the occasion and to meet their friends and relatives.
For Maharashtra Mandal London, it is even more special as 2015 marks the 25th year milestone of its Ganeshotsav celebrations. Established in 1932 coinciding with Mahatma Gandhiji’s visit to London along with his delegation, MML has had more than eight decades of illustrious history of existence in Britain. It boasts to be one of the oldest Indian cultural organisations outside India, serving a platform for social interaction and community celebrations. It hosted several artistes of international repute and has had the distinction of hosting traditional arts such Mallakhamb.
Maharashtra Mandal London is in fact the only socio-cultural organisation which celebrates all the 10-day festivities traditionally with daily aarti, culminating in Miravnuk, the procession and the immersion of the deity in River Thames at the designated spot. About 2500 people visit Mandal to have Darshan of the deity and to offer veneration.
Various cultural programmes including talks, competitions and performances are held throughout the 10-day festivities. An antakshari competition in Hindi songs will be conducted on the evening of Friday, 25 September after aarti. Children’s showcase Bal Darbaar after afternoon aarti & prasad and a vibrant Marathi cultural showcase after evening aarti and prasad, both on Saturday 26th September are the key attractions. For more details and updates, please visit www.mmlondon.co.uk