Gowri Puja is conducted the day before Vinayaka Chaturti. While Hindus generally worship at home during all festivals, community worship is also in vogue particularlry with Gowri and Ganesha. Legendary freedom fighter and activist Bala Gangadhara Tilak ( from eartwhile Maharashtra State) popularized the community worship. It got extended to all of South India where eleborate celebrations are seen for months with spiritual discourse and performance by renowned artists acrosss the country. We miss the festivities of India, but it is celebrated with great devotion in most NRI’s homes and in temples in USA. It is a treat to watch Bala Vihar kids perfom Ganesha Puja at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and other temples.
Above: Picture of clay idols of Ganesha and Gowri sold in the streets of Bangalore
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