Ganesh Chaturthi – 2023

Please join us for the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities starting this weekend and till Wednesday September 27th.

Puja and Idol Making at the Mandir: 2006 Holly Avenue, Columbia, MO 65202

Ganesh Idol Making Sunday 09/17 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Join us for our annual Ganesh idol making get together at the Mandir. Youth and adults alike will make Lord Ganesha, Mooshika vahana, Modaks and other treats for Lord Ganesha from clay. This is a favorite activity for the kids as they choose to make their own Ganesh idols their way and then take it home and decorate it in many colors. Kids bring back these idols on the Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja day on 09/18 and/or for Visarjan on 09/27.

Ganesh Utsav/Chaturthi festivities:

Program Details

09/18 Mon 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Ganesh Sthapana Puja and Aarti
09/19 Tue- 09/26 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Ganesh Puja and Aarti

Events at new temple land: 4321 E New Haven Road, Columbia MO 65201.

09/24 Sun 9:00 am to 11:00 am – Ganesh Havan
09/27 Wed 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Ganesh Visarjan

Food signup sheet for Chaturthi Pooja on Monday 09/18 (Sthapana Puja day).
Sign-up for Food

Event Sponsorship
All 9 days puja + Havan – $201
All 9 days puja – $151
Any one day – $51
Only Havan – $101

To SPONSOR pooja or more information, please contact one of the pooja coordinators:
Deepti Kulkarni: (573-397-1019) Or Anusha (507-340-6066)

Photos of Shanthi Mandir Events

Temple Calendar

Regular Events

Lakshmi Puja, Sri Lalita Sahasranama and Sri Lakshmi Ashtothra Parayanam Every 3rd Friday of the month, this puja is performed by the temple priest Sri. Sharmaji. Puja Time: 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM To be one of the sponsors for the puja, please contact Anandhi Upendran (, 573-999-7196) or Abirami Elangovan (573-6737423)
Murugan Abhishekam and Puja Every 2nd Sunday of the month, this puja is performed by the temple priest Sri. Sharmaji. Puja Time: 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM The Puja for Karthikeya (Murugan): Abhishekam, will be followed by recitation of Kanda Shashti Kavacam, songs and/or dances by children.
If you would like to help with this event or be one of the SPONSORS, then please contact Smt. Manjula Nathan (573-639-7814) or Smt. Hema Srinivasan (573-289-8797)
Sri Satyanarayana Puja Every 4th Saturday of the month, this puja is performed by the temple priest Sri. Sharmaji.
If you are interested in participating and/or sponsoring the monthly Satyanarayana Puja, please contact Smt Latha Krishnan (573-424-7537; OR Smt. Rajalakshmi Adusumili ( 573-424-8582;
Shishu Vihar
Sundays from 10:15 a.m – 11:15 a.m, Second Sundays from 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Bal Sabha
Fourth Sundays of the month from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m, except during June and July
1st Sundays of the month from 10:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m
Open Prayer
Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m
Sai Bhajans
Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m
Suprabhatham Prayers
Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatham and Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam Recited Saturdays from 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m
Bhagavad Gita Study Circle
2nd and 4th Saturdays 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m
Shram Daan
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m (October – May) Fridays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m (June – September)
Tamil Class
1st and 3rd Sundays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m
Hindi Class
2nd Sundays from 1:00 – 2:00 and 4th Sundays of the month from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m
Yoga Class
Second Sundays from 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m except April 9th due to Akhhand Ramayan Program

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