NEMM Ganesh Utsav Program: Kudos to all volunteers
We celebrated Ganesh Utsav with a great zeal and enthusiasm. We usually see a good turnout for Ganesh Utsav program, but we were truly delighted when more than 950 people showed up to the event. This might register as the highest attended NEMM program till date. We really want to thank the community for your tremendous support to NEMM over the years!
We were excited to celebrate Ganapati bappa’s arrival. So all the decorations were already completed by our dedicated set of volunteers a day in advance. The onsite registration process was handled very efficiently with the help from volunteers. We started the day with traditional Maharashtrian puja and chanting of shlokas. We then recited our traditional aaratis. A number of singers from the community enthusiastically participated in the celebration. The arati pdf file was readily made available via our website to the people in advance. So it made it easy for people to join the chorus!
After the aarti and prasad, it was the time for Ganpati miravnuk.
इंद्र जिमि जंभ पर ...
बाढव सुअंभ पर ...
रावन सदंभ पर ...
रघुकुलराज है !
The chant started, saffron flags came out and so did the drum roll from our traditional instruments of dhol, tasha and zaanj! The Ganpati procession started in a magical and thrilling atmosphere.
We also then had well rehearsed team of volunteers joining for rounds of lezim and procession was then in full swing! Several attendees complimented the miravnuk team and commented that they join the program just to witness this atmosphere!!!
The next segment was the entertainment program by NY based group Manasi arts. Our volunteers were again there to support the onstage, backstage and logistics. One segment of the program was actually entirely choreographed and performed by our local volunteers. The entire audience was captivated by the show performed by talented dancers and artists.
The last part of the program was dinner by Swami Narayan food. Serving 350 people full dinner takes considerable amount of time given the small size of the cafeteria. We would like to thank everyone for your patience while the dinner was getting served. Several volunteers (including kids) helped with food serving, refilling the food containers, pizza distribution, vendor table setup and tea preparation. Our hats off to the volunteers again for their timely help.
While Ganpati bappa has left us for a year, he has assured us that our community is thriving and in a great health ! If there was one event that truly brings the best of the community and volunteers, it was the program yesterday. We would like to thank each one of you for help and commitment. We are truly blessed to have a wonderful community around us. The bar has been raised and it will be upon us to raise it further!!
We will see you now during our Diwali event in November!!!