Ganesh Festival 2012

For those of you who missed the Ganesh Festival the first time around, we are doing it again this year.

A unique festival is held every year in Chalfont, PA. It's as close at it can get to a typical Ganesh festival in India. Some of you know Ganesh or Ganapati. He is one of the forms of the Hindu Gods. He is the one with an elephant head and is believed to be the remover of obstacles, therefore the first to be worshiped. If you are inclined towards learning about Indian culture, this is one event you should not miss. The history of this 10 day festival in India is more than 100 years old and was started to bring the community together. This year the 10 day festival begins on Wednesday the 19th with a ceremony which involves bringing and installing the deity in the temple. There are religious and cultural events throughout the 10 days. We will attend on the last day. In one evening you will get to see a typical Ganesh festival with temple rituals, chanting, cultural program, immersion procession, etc. Afterwards there will be vegetarian dinner. The location is past the five point junction on 309S. The address is Bharatiya Temple, 1612 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914. Free parking/shuttle service is available, ask once you reach the temple. You may car pool from the Lehigh Valley. Also, a group from the Lehigh Valley will be performing there.

We will be carpooling down to this event from the Lehigh Valley. Please meet 4:30 PM sharp at Home Depot, RT 145 & RT 22, Whitehall, PA (in the overflow lot across from White Castle).

This is an event that has religious and cultural significance, so no tanktops or similar outfits, please. T-shirts with shorts, skirts or jeans are fine. If you have Indian clothes like kudta pajama, punjabi suit, salwar kameez, sari, feel free to wear. Please remember that shoes are NOT allowed inside the temple. Bare feet are absolutely welcome.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This festival was so amazing! You really got a good feel for not only the prayer and worship of Ganesh, but also the all the fun, color and pageantry of a street festival. Jamie and Nitin were great hosts, and many thanks to Nitan for making us feel welcome and sharing his knowledge with us.

    September 29, 2012

  • Barefoot J.

    A little suprized that only 4 of us were there, but we had an amazing time all the same.

    September 29, 2012

  • Barefoot J.

    Look for a light blue caravan cargo van. Licence number is BARE-FT

    September 28, 2012

  • Barefoot J.

    If anyone gets late or lost, please call me at[masked]

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nitin, What is the cost for the dinner? Or would it be a donation to the temple; and if so can you suggest an amount? I am also wondering, I have a punjabi suit that I bought for a wedding. It is so pretty, but I have never been able to wear it again. Would it be inappropriate to wear it?

    September 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Loretta, there is no cost for the dinner. But, donation is welcome whenever you go to a temple, certainly not mandatory....so it's up to you. Yes, Punjabi suit is certainly appropriate. In fact I was going to add that above, which I shall do now.

      September 13, 2012

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