A coach full of Hindus from Northampton made its way to Southend-on-Sea early on Sunday 11 September 2011. The journey was made to celebrate the auspicious Ganesh Visarjan festival.
Ganesh Visarjan, also known as Ganesh Chaturthi, is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is widely revered by Hindus as the God of knowledge and the remover of obstacles. Before any major endeavour Hindus will pray to Lord Ganesh for success in their conquest.
Prior to Ganesh Visarjan an idol of Lord Ganesh is made, which can range in size from an inch to over 25 feet in height. On the day of the festival this idol is prayed upon and various ceremonies are performed on it. The celebration ends with a parade of the idol, which is then finally immersed in water.
The Ganesh Visarjan at Southend-on-Sea attracted thousands of visitors from all over the UK.
IHWO first organised a trip to the Southend-on-Sea Ganesh Visarjan last year. Due to the popularity of the trip it was decided that a trip would also be organised this year. Again the coach was fully booked.