Woodbridge, NJ - On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the last day of the week-long Ganesha festival at the Woodbridge Mall, organized by 1947 Production and Entertainment LLC. 

The festival celebrated the Hindu holy day Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth.  Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped as the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles.

The Ganesh Utsav started on September 2, outside of the Woodbridge Shopping Center, marking the sixth year of the festival. 

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“This event makes everybody stand at one platform and share the happiness,” said Alok Kumar, president of 1947  Production and Entertainment LLC. 

A 14-foot Lord Ganesha idol was placed on a high riser inside a tent, and daily rituals were performed by a priest.  On the last day, September 8, Ganesh Visarjan was done by immersing a smaller 2-foot idol into a small pool of water. 

“Ganesh Chaturthi is Celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha). It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival,” stated organizers.  “Ganesha is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, It is believed that for the fulfillment of one’s desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati.”

“It’s the first time I’m doing this event and it’s come out great.There is a large crowd. I can see a lot of people down here.” said Amit Vedawala, whose company DiyaCare was a sponsor for the event.  

Salima Rajan, a volunteer at the event, described the amount of effort that went into organizing the event, which drew thousands of attendees during the week. “It is really a blessing to have such a wonderful [idol] out here, and the volunteers are doing such a good job here it’s really amazing. The sponsors are very gracious, god bless everybody who have put all the hard work in - it is a lot of work and commitment.” 

“It’s a big impact on kids especially because they get to learn about our culture and our religion, and it’s a big benefit for parents to teach kids that,” said Sejal Modi.