Lord Ganesha Float Procession 2017

19th to 20th August 2017

The Lord Ganesha Float Procession Festival is the biggest celebration for Lord Ganesha and Mother Ganga in South Africa. The Lord Ganesha Float Procession Festival is a community based, none-profit and religious based organization founded by Mr. Roy Moodley. All devotees and worshipers of Lord Ganesha and Mother Ganga are welcomed to join and participate in the festival. The Lord Ganesha Float Procession Festival is a Two (2) day celebration that takes place at The Durban Hindu Temple, 24 Somtseu Road, Durban. Participation in this festival is FREE. There is a "no charge" policy adopted by the organizers of the festival. There are Two (2) main Activities to the Lord Ganesha Float Procession Festival, The Lord Ganesha Celebration and the Mother Ganga Celebration.

Lord Ganesha Celebration:

There are Four (4) parts to the Lord Ganesha celebration, the Ten (10) day Lord Ganesha Puja, The conclusion of the ten (10) day Puja on Saturday, The Lord Ganesha Float Procession on Sunday and the Concluding Turmeric Lord Ganesha Sculpture ceremony.

1) The Ten (10) Day Lord Ganesha Puja

The Ten (10) Day Lord Ganesha Puja takes place in Nine (9) different temples in Nine (9) Days and the concluding Tenth (10th) Day will be on Saturday at The Durban Hindu Temple, 24 Somtseu Road, Durban. The First Day (1st) of the Lord Ganesha Prayer will Start at the First (1st) temple, which will do the invoking ceremony for Lord Ganesha and will also invoke the Lord Ganesha Murthi. The Second (2nd) participating temple, on day Two (2), will then come to the First (1st) temple with a Sweet or Fruit offering to collect the Lord Ganesha Murthi and take it to their temple. Their after the Second (2nd) temple will conduct a prayer or service dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temples have freedom of choice in conducting any Prayer, Service or Offerings dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Temples should observe the Lord Ganesha Prayer in their own way.

2) Concluding Tenth (10th) Day

On the Tenth (10th) day of the Lord Ganesha Puja, the Ninth (9th) temple will bring the Lord Ganesha Murthi to The Durban Hindu Temple, 24 Somtseu Road, Durban for the conclusion of the Ten (10) day Puja on Saturday. At The Durban Hindu Temple the concluding Haven ceremony and Aarithi for Lord Ganesha will be conducted. Any Devotee wanting to bring Prasad or Sweets meats, can bring them to The Durban Hindu Temple on Saturday for the Lord Ganesha Aarithi. The Prasad or Sweet meats will be then distributed to the public.

3) The Lord Ganesha Float Procession

The Lord Ganesha float procession will take place on Sunday, All Floats must be at the (Umgeni Road Temple) by 7am. The float procession will leave from the (Umgeni Road Temple) to The Durban Hindu Temple at 8am. All Temples and Religious Organization are welcomed to participate in the Float Procession. The theme of your Floats must be centred around Lord Ganesha. Participation is FREE.

4) Concluding Turmeric Lord Ganesha Sculpture Ceremony

The Turmeric Lord Ganesha Sculpture Ceremony is the first of its kind. As we all know Lord Ganesha was created from Turmeric. The Organisers have decided to create Lord Ganesha from Turmeric to conclude our festival to honour Lord Ganesha. The devotees wanting to participate in this ceremony by bring a small packet of turmeric during Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, the turmeric is sculpted into a Three (3) headed Lord Ganesha. The Pundit and Devotees will then conduct the Universal Aarithi and do a milk offering to Lord Ganesha. Once completed the turmeric sculpture of Lord Ganesha will be dismantled and distributed to the Devotees.

Mother Ganga Celebration

There are Two (2) parts to the Mother Ganga Prayer, there is the Full Mother Ganga Haven ceremony for Mother Ganga on Saturday and there is the Leaf Offering to Mother Ganga on Saturday.

1) Mother Ganga Haven Ceremony

The Mother Ganga Prayer, there is the Full Mother Ganga Haven ceremony for Mother Ganga on Saturday.

2) Leaf Offering to Mother Ganga

There is a popular belief that the longer the camphor burns on the betel leaves, the sooner the wishes are granted. Devotees believe that wishes made faithfully and sincerely are fulfilled by the river Goddess, who is known to be kind to her worshippers. Devotees usually observe a fast on that day, abstaining from taking anything with salt until noon. The priests, known as Pundits, blow their conch-shells, ring their bells and perform the ‘Puja’ (prayer service) by reciting verses from the Holy Scriptures. Devotees offer flowers, fruits, sweetmeats and milk. On some beaches, religious ceremonies are held, and cultural programs are organized for the entertainment of the people. Ganga Snaan is now celebrated as an occasion for a family outing as much as for its religious significance.