Vinayaka Chaturthi at Kumaon

New Delhi 7th Sept: Today, vinayaka chaturthi was celebrated in full fervour and devotion in the common room of Kumaon Hostel at IIT Delhi. The puja started at 7.00 PM and was attended by devotees in large numbers. Famous personalities like Anoop and Girish took time from their busy schedules to attend the function and receive the blessings of Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day. The puja was conducted by a Brahmin from Andhra Pradesh, who was a first year M Tech student of the institute.

Vinayaka Chaturthi is a celebrated all over India on the chaturthi, 4th day after new moon in the month of Bhadrapada. This year the festival was celebrated at Kumaon Hostel in IIT Delhi. The decision of celebration was taken yesterday by a few enthusiastic research scholars from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. A collection of Rs 50/- per head was done among the PhDs and the arrangements of the idol, items for the puja, and the prasadam were made. The puja started at 7.00 PM in the Common Room. A few pundits from Andhra Pradesh performed the rituals of the puja. The puja was very elaborate. The story of Ganesha was recited in Telugu, as most of the devotees were from AP. There was a huge crowd in the end during the aarti and prasadam distribution. The organisers had managed the whole event very well. Another puja was also conducted in the house of the warden of Aravali hostel.-- PTI

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