The Hindu Community of Karachi celebrates the ancient ritual of Ganesh Viserjan at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Ganehsa Chaturthi is the Hindu Festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day when Ganesha was born. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi (“Festival of Ganesha”) is observed in the Hindu Calendar month of Bhadrapaada, starting on the Shukla Chatruti (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September.
The Hindu community celebrate the ancient ritual of Ganesh Viserjan at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, which lies beneath the NativeJettyBridge. Ordinarily, a group of 40 to 50 people come all the way to the temple with the statue in a van, or even on foot, if, they are coming from nearby places like Ranchorline or Lighthouse. But this year, people avoided coming on foot due to the traffic jams and the general situation in the city.
Women and children, dressed in their best attire, crowd around each statue as it arrives. Some clap, others chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya,’ while other still whisper into Ganesh’s ear– an age-old ritual of sharing their secret with their deity.