Ganesh in La Enramada
Adeje’s Enramada beach was the setting for the traditional offering to the Indian god Ganesh last Sunday, with over 100 people in attendance, most of them from the local Hindu community.
Those in attendance were there to pay their respects to Ganesh, who, according to tradition, is the god of beginnings, honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. He is also the ‘remover of obstacles’ – and for this and many other reasons he is perhaps the best loved and most popular Hindu deity. Also present were Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the councillor for local participation, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, invited by the Hindu community.
The celebrations on the Enramada beach were the culmination of 10 days of devotions and festivities, with many ritual offerings to Ganesh taking place. The last day of the celebrations is known as ‘ananta chaturdasi’ with large figures representing Ganesh and accompanying idols brought to the sea to be immersed in the waters by devotees. The significance of the immersion is to wash away the problems of the people that Ganesh has taken with him.
The Hindu community had also prepared traditional sweet offerings such as modaka and laddus, and the afternoon ended with a communal meal.