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India festival: Hindu devotees celebrate birthday of Lord Ganesha
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Millions of Indian Hindu devotees are this week celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day festival marking the birthday of the popular elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganesha is the god of new beginnings, wisdom and prosperity and Indians traditionally offer prayers to him at the start of new business ventures or trips. 

Devotees bring idols of Lord Ganesha into their homes to worship during the festival, which culminates with the immersion of the statues in bodies of water. 

 

 

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An Indian artisan decorates an idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesh at a roadside market ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in New Delhi on Sept. 7, 2013. The 10-day festival started on Sept. 9 and celebrates the birthday of the elephant-headed Ganesh, considered the patron of arts and sciences, and the deity of intellect and wisdom.

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Indian devotees decorate a statue of the Hindu god Lord Ganesh on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at a temple in Amritsar in northwestern India on Sept. 8, 2013.

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An Indian devotee touches the foot of a 56-foot tall statue of Hindu god Lord Ganesh on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the southern city of Hyderabad on Sept. 8, 2013.

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Indian Bollywood film actor Jackie Shroff offers prayers to an idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesh during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at his Mumbai home on Sept. 9, 2013.

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Indian Bollywood film actor Shreyas Talpade and his wife, Deepti, offer prayers to an idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesh during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at their home in Mumbai on Sept. 9, 2013.

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Indian Hindu devotees take home idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesh on the first day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sept. 9, 2013.

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Indian Hindu devotees take home an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sept. 9, 2013.

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An Indian woman holds her brand new idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesha on the first day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in New Delhi on Sept. 9, 2013.

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Indian Hindu devotees carry idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha on their heads for immersion at Dadar chowpatty beach on the second day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Sept. 10, 2013. During the 10-day festival, millions of Hindus gather along the western city's coast to dunk their idols in the Arabian Sea.

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Indian Hindu devotees carry their idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha into the Arabian Sea at Dadar chowpatty beach in Mumbai on Sept. 10, 2013.

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An Indian Hindu devotee immerses an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in the Ganges River on day three of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Kolkata on Sept. 11, 2013.

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Indian Hindu devotees carry an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersion in the holy Ganges River in Kolkata on Sept. 11, 2013. During the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, millions of Indians will immerse their Ganesha idols in bodies of water around the country.

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An Indian Hindu devotee prays before the immersion of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in the Hussain Sagar Lake on the third day of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the southern city of Hyderabad on Sept. 11, 2013. Hindu devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesha in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity, and later immerse the statues in bodies of water.

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An Indian Hindu devotee makes an offering to an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before it is immersed in the Hussain Sagar Lake in the southern city of Hyderabad on Sept. 11, 2013.

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Indian Hindu devotees, with the help of crane workers, prepare to immerse an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in Hussain Sagar Lake in the southern city of Hyderabad on Sept. 11, 2013.

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It's a lovely thing when shared traditions unite so many different people.
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