Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 in Paris

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Published by Rizhlaine F., Caroline J. · Published on 31 December 2021 at 11h17
Ganesh Chaturthi, the elephant-headed deity – Ganesha, celebrated every year in Paris 18th arrondissement is back on August 28, 2022. On the menu: religious celebrations and very colorful parade.

As it happens every year, Ganesha temple of Paris Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam holds Ganesh Chaturthi. This year, the celebration is back on August 28, 2022, to celebrate the birth of the God of New Beginnings, whose father beheaded him and replaced his head with an elephant’s. Ganesha is the son of deities Shiva and Parvati. Symbolizing love and knowledge, this elephant-headed deity is, for Hindus, at the origin of the world and many events in people’s life.

His birthday is celebrated with a great parade in La Chapelle neighborhood. His statue walks the streets on a decorated float followed by his brother Murugan. Note that on his way, he brings his blessing.

Religious ceremonies would have started at 9 a.m. at the temple. The procession would have left from the Temple at 10:30 a.m. and walked until 3 p.m.:

Parade route, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Departure: 10:30 a.m. – Ganesha temple: 17 rue Pajol – 75018 Paris
  • Rue Philippe de Girard
  • Rue Perdonnet
  • Rue du Faubourg du Temple (U-turn in rue Demarquay)
  • Rue du Faubourg du Temple 
  • Rue Marx Dormoy
  • Place P. Eluard 
  • Rue Philippe de Girard 
  • 17 rue Pajol

It is around the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple – the biggest Hindu temple in France – that Ganesha is celebrated yearly in Paris. Throughout this festive day, religious ceremonies will take place before the procession in the streets of the neighborhood.

Leading the procession, will parade pipers, nageshvaram players and drummers, dancers wearing on their shoulders the large arch of peacock feathers (kavadi) and on their heads clay pots with burning camphor.

All along the route, coconuts will be cracked open: the shell symbolizing the illusion of the world, the flesh the individual karma and the water the human ego. By breaking the coconut, one offers his heart to Ganesha. The water of hundreds of coconuts will be poured on pavement when Ganesha float passes.

Pulled by two 20-m long ropes made of plant fiber, the 5-m high float houses the statue of Ganesha the elephant-headed god. It will be entirely covered in red and white fabrics and decorated with numerous garlands and fresh flowers, entire bananas bunches, coconuts and areca palm leaves.

The float will be followed by singers and musicians. All along the route, blessed offerings, treats and fresh drinks will be given away.

Here is a foretaste of Ganesh Chaturthi in Paris:

This year again, thousands of people from the Hindu community from all over France and many curious passersby will not come to this Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 in Paris!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 28 August 2022

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    Location

    17 Rue Pajol
    75018 Paris 18

    Access
    Métro : Marx Dormoy - La Chapelle
    RER - SNCF - Eurostar : Gare du Nord
    BUS : 48 - 60 - 65 et 350

    Prices
    Free

    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website
    www.templeganesh.fr

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