Ganesh Chaturthi in Mauritius is going upscale every year. There are thirty-three million gods in Hinduism. And the God who is worshipped first in every prayer is Lord Ganesha, the elephant head God, son of Shiva, for whom Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated with much intensity and devotion across the country.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is going upscale every coming year in Mauritius. Initially, it was observed only at houses, especially in Marathi families, then it went to temples, organizing big community prayers. Then came the beautiful statues imported from India, which made this festival more beautiful with traditional navvari sarees and traditional music and dance and the big on-feet processions to Flic-en-Flacq beach, which witness thousands of Ganesh idol immersion on this festival. Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival that kept going upscale with the country’s development. It has become prevalent and celebrated with many rituals and shows since the previous decade.
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Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, is known as Vinayak Chaturthi or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’. Ganesha Chaturthi is not only a big festival in India. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Africa is huge.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a favourable Hindu festival celebrated for 10 days every year. The festival is celebrated in the Bhadra month as per the Hindu calendar, which generally falls in mid of august to September. It marks the birthday of the beloved elephant-headed Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is the God of wealth, sciences, knowledge, wisdom, and prosperity. Most Hindus remember him and seek his blessings before starting any important work.
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Maha Shivaratri, which translates to the “Great Night of Lord Shiva”, is Mauritius’ most popular Hindu festival. YUVA volunteers serve hundreds of thousands of pilgrims of Maha Shivaratri in Mauritius every year.
According to the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivaratri is observed yearly; on the thirteenth night and fourteenth day of the eleventh Hindu month of Phalguna or Maagh (February – March). Devotees of Lord Shiva converge by thousands with great enthusiasm and reverence to Ganga Talao – the Sacred Lake.
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