What’s on?

Ganesh Chaturthi Puja

What items are required for the puja?

  • Ganesh idol preferably made of metal
  • 2 betel nuts
  • Wood pedestal (patlo) or table
  • Half metre red cloth
  • Half metre white cloth
  • 250 grams of whole wheat (ghau)
  • 5 handfuls of rice
  • A divo (oil lamp) or candle
  • Incense stick and stand
  • Matchbox
  • Red flowers
  • Kumkum (red powder)
  • Chandan (sandalwood)
  • Abil (white powder)
  • Gulal (pink powder)
  • 6 betel leaves
  • 2 kalash (copper or steel)
  • All of the following items in individual containers:
    • milk
    • yogurt
    • sugar candy water (sakar) water
    • ghee (purified butter)
    • honey in separate bowls or containers
  • 6 spoons
  • Nadachhadi roll (red thread)
  • Sutar no doro roll (white thread)
  • Ladoos (any type) or gor  (jaggery) in a bowl
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cardamon
  • 1 cinnamon
  • Handful of dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios
  • A pinch of fresh washed green grass
  • A piece of dry turmeric (hardar noh ganthio)
  • A 2 pence coin
  • A coconut with the pointy  fibre
  • A bottle or jug of water
  • Some tissues or 2 hand towels
  • An aarti plate with 5 wicks made with ghee (purified butter)
  • A bell
  • One fruit
  • A small photo or idol of Baba. Sathya Sai or Shirdi Sai or both.
  • Any other food items which you may want to offer as prasadam. This is optional.

What if I don’t have all the items mentioned above?

You should only go out to get items if you are able to do safely. If you do have missing items do not worry – you can still participate in the puja.

How do I arrange all the puja items?

We’ve created some guidelines which will help you prepare for the puja beforehand. Please do read these carefully using the link below:

We look forward to you joining us on the auspicious day.



After careful consideration, with the wellbeing of all devotees as our main concern (especially the elderly and vulnerable) amid the current coronavirus (COVID-10) situation, all Thursday bhajan sessions, events, activities including the venue trial are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.

Of course, this has not been an easy decision or one taken lightly, but after considerable thought at our committee meeting on Friday, we decided to take these preventative measures.

The reality is that this outbreak has just begun in the UK, for that reason it was essential to be proactive rather than reactive. Taking early steps also enables us more time to communicate effectively with all devotees.

Without a doubt, a Thursday bhajan session is the highlight of our week, it helps us connect to our dearest Lord and recharges us. We will be emailing you in the next few days on how we aim to keep everyone connected virtually.

In a time of uncertainty, we must intensify our personal sadhana and pray to Bhagawan to continue to guide and protect us all.

Let us take this opportunity to look within and connect with the Sai verily residing in each one of us.

We do hope you can pass this information on to family and friends.

We will keep you informed with any updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Om Sri Sai Ram

Tune into virtual bhajans

Every Thursday and Sunday you can join the bhajans online on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/leicestersaicentres.

Power of prayer

The Sai Gayatri mantra, as well as the Gayatri mantra, is being chanted by Sai devotees around the world for the welfare of humanity. Let us all be united and pray with intensity as often as possible. This is an important spiritual practice that can help alleviate this global health threat due to the coronavirus.

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