Just as Divali is popularly known in Trinidad, Ganesh Utsav which has been celebrated for years, is now becoming more widely known thanks to local and international media coverage.
The devotees of the Sri Siddhi Vinayak Organisation and the Vishwananth Hindu Social Cultural Organisation held their 27th annual Ganesh Utsav Festival in Sangre Chiquito, Sangre Grande this year.
After 11 days of yagna, the final rites were done and the murtis were loaded onto the vehicles in preparation for the Visarjan on Sunday morning. Members of the organisation as well as devotees from all over the country gathered at the temple and proceeded to the Valencia River.
At the river the devotees made offerings and then the clay murtis of Lord Ganesh were stripped of all flowers, malas, and fabric and then finally immersed in the cool waters of the Valencia River where the clay murtis disintegrate causing no harm to the river.
Until next year, this age old tradition of Ganesh Utsav will be celebrated again in mandirs across the Trinidad and Tobago.
Date: 3rd September 2017
Venue: Sangre Grande
Photographer: Sati Maharaj