Massive Ganesh Festival attracts thousands over five days in Jersey City

Massive murti of Lord Ganesh on a stage during the Aug. 31-Sept. 4, Ganesh Festival held in Jersey City, N.J. Photo: Shri Ganesh Events Corporation

The non-profit corporation, Shri Ganesh Events, hosted one of the biggest Ganesh Festival celebrations Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2022, in Jersey City, N. J.

Events began daily at 10 am and continued till 9 pm. They featured dances and various kinds of other entertainment at India Square on Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

The Ganesh Sthapana (installing of the idol) took place on Aug. 31 morning. And the Ganesh Visarjan (immersing the Lord’s idol in  water) happened on Sept. 4.

A Hindu priest performed aartis and other ceremonies through the five days of the Ganesh Festival in Jersey City, N.J. Photo: Shri Ganesh Events

A Hindu priest performed the daily poojas and ceremonies; prasad and sweets were distributed to all devotees, worshippers and even visitors; the murti on the stage was elaborately decorated; and there was a separate stage for the various cultural events. Local groups performed dances; the Marathi Dhol was also part of performances, as was classical Indian dance. Indian television personalities also attended.

Thousands of devotees and visitors came to the Ganesh Festival held in Jersey City Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2022. Photo: Shri Ganesh Events

Shri Ganesh Events is run by “a team of successful entrepreneurs with a common goal to get the Indian festivals, music and entertainment in front of the Indian diaspora in Indian centric areas in United States of America,” the website of the organization says (

Hindu devotees as well as non-Hindus visited the Ganesh Festival held Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2022, in Jersey City, N.J. Seen in photo is N.J. State Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, 2nd from right. Photo: Shri Ganesh Events

The festival is believed to bring peace, prosperity and well-being in the community.

Sponsors included Parikh Worldwide Media, and the main organizers of the event were Bhavesh Patel and Suresh Patel.



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