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Ganesha Chaturthi

Indian devotees hold an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha as it is lifted by a crane before immersing it in the Indian ocean at Pattinapakkam beach in Chennai on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the largest Hindu festivals, held over an 11-day period every August or September in the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated throughout India, but also in other countries around the world. This year it runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5.

The festival is celebrated in honor of the Hindu god Ganesha. Idols of the god are placed in temporary public shrines and in private houses. They are then paraded around the streets in a procession down to the nearest convenient body of water and immersed.

Ganesha is a major god in the Hindu pantheon, and is instantly recognizable because of his elephant head. He is considered as the god of beginnings, the remover of obstacles and the patron of arts and sciences. Ganesha emerged as a distinct deity as early as the 4th and 5th centuries AD, although the form he took incorporated earlier attributes from ancient Indian texts.

(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)





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