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From: 2013.09.01 To: 2013.09.01
The birthday bash of Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is one of the largest festivals in the Hindu calendar. Attracting hundreds of thousands of devotees, the celebrations in Mumbai remain unrivalled in scale and grandeur. Plaster and clay Ganesh models of various sizes and poses are sculpted by specially skilled artisans before the festival, to be blessed by a priest, clad in red silk, on the first day. The 11th day sees the festival’s iconic climax: the statues, some of them several meters high, are carried through the streets in a large procession to be ceremoniously dipped into the sea at Chowpatty Beach as a form of ritual goodbye to the popular Hindu god. Throughout the procession, people shout ‘Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya’, meaning ‘O Lord Ganesh! Come again quickly next year’.