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Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal (HGM)

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryesshu Sarvadaa ||

It has been an ancient practice of the Indians to begin any auspicious work by offering prayers to Lord Ganesh. It is believed that his blessings help one to achieve prosperity and to live a harmonious life. Hounslow Ganeshotsav Mandal (HGM) was formed as a humble endeavor to bring together Lord Ganesh’s devotees living in London to celebrate his birth and be bestowed with a sense of belongingness to the rich Indian Heritage.

Every year, thousands of devotees from all over the UK and as far-flung as even Isle of Man and India, come together during this festival and fill the air with chants of “Ganapati Bappa Morayaa, Mangal Murti Morayaa!” The event has been surpassing new heights of fun and festivity with each year that passes. Of course, an event of such a glorious magnitude is never successful without the dedication and support of its team, devotees, supporters and the sponsors. .


Our Inspiration

The practice of celebrating Ganeshotsav was started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak (a freedom fighter) to bring together the masses and strengthen the bonds of friendship and belongingness. Bal Gangadhar Tilak made the festival a reason for a mass movement so that people from all communities can take part and the caste divide that was so prevalent in India in those times will decrease. The inspiration behind this noble thought is what motivated us to form HGM. Our motto behind celebrating the festival every year is to bring people together and to spread around joy and cheerfulness, through the medium of traditional Indian culture.

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