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Ceuta Hindus to Celebrate Ganesh Visarjan

Ceuta, Spain, 15 September, ( The Hindus love celebrations. To the festival of Sri Krishna Janmasthami, which took place four days ago, add the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesha's birthday), which will be carried out today.

Juan Carlos Ramchandani, the local Hindu priest, says, "In India they make clay images of Ganesh, which can get up to heights of ten meters. After the worship and adoration of the images they are submerged in the sea, river or lake, during a ritual called Visharjan. On this day offerings of sweet rice, laddus (sweets made from chick-pea flour) and coconuts are made. In the city of Mumbai (the new name for Bombay) this is the biggest and most colorful festival of the year."

Every year in Ceuta about fifty of members of the Hindu community do a walking procession, accompanying a figure of Ganesh, through the main streets of the city. The celebration ends with the submersion of His image into the Mediterranean sea.

According to Ramchandani, "Ganesh is the older son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the divinity of prosperity and one is in charge of science and abilities." Because of this, "His name is invoked in the beginning of any ceremony, when a trip is planned, a wedding is celebrated, or a house or property is inaugurated." The priest added, "In 1995 Ganesh surprised the entire world, believers and the non-believing, when His images began to drink milk; a miracle which lasted three days. This miracle happened initially in a Ganesha temple in Delhi and then spread around the planet."

Ceuta is located on the southern coast of the Strait of Gilbraltar.

Courtesy : Hindu Press International

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