JORABAT, Sept 17 - Along with the rest of the country, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated today at the Ganesh Mandir of the 8th Mile area, Jorabat, with hundreds of devotees paying obeisance to the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Good Fortune.
Today, the devotees were seen waiting in long queues near the temple carrying earthen lamps, incense sticks and flowers to offer to the Remover of Obstacles. Naam was also presented in the temple.
When asked, a priest of the temple, Jagadish Sarmah, said Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of the revered god which falls in the month of Bhadra on the Indian traditional calendar.
It may be mentioned that the celebration of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which was started in this area in the year 1982, has completed 33 years. The temple is managed by a committee led by actor Pranjal Saikia as its president, along with Ashok Saikia, architect.
While interacting with this correspondent, Ashok Saikia said that the temple management committee has been facing fund crunch for quite some time. He also stated that the committee would soon approach the district administration seeking its help in increasing the height of the temple, which has now been lowered due to the construction of an overbridge near the temple. The newly constructed highway as well as the overbridge have also covered the front side of the temple, he said.