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Hindu ritual see-off of Elephant God

2009-09-04 08:49:03 GMT2009-09-04 16:49:03 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Devotees carried a statue of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion in the sea on the last day of "Ganesh Chaturthi" in Mumbai September 3, 2009.

Clay statues of Ganesh are made two to three months before the day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", a popular religious festival in India.

The idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of his journey towards his abode in "Kailash", while taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind.

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