SAN MARTIN, California — Festival season is well underway this year and the Hindu community is celebrating as they are finally able to gather together in prayer, worship and joy. One of the most beloved events of the festival season is Ganesha Chathurthi.
Every temple seems to have a different date, as Chathurthi falls between August and September, per the Hindu calendar, whenever there is a new moon.
This year at the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center in San Martin, California, it was Sept. 11 when devotees gathered to worship the deity who is often hailed as the remover of all obstacles.
Despite the lower turnout, the gathering was vibrant with chanting and joy. Longstanding temple goers and new participants enjoyed the immersion of Ganesha, like Sunil Tripirineni and his son Devansh, age 3.
Sree Sripathy joined India Currents as a staff photographer and CatchLight Local Fellow as part of CatchLight's California Local Visual Desk program in June 2022. Reach out with story ideas or comments...
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