The deity of prosperity

Devotees carry idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they proceed toward the sea for its immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, September 15, 2013. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing and later immersed in a river or the sea symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind.

Indian Hindu volunteers carry an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu volunteers carry an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian army members transport an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha, in an army truck for immersion in the Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges river, during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Allahabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian army members transport an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha, in an army truck for immersion in the Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges river, during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Allahabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu volunteers lower an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu volunteers lower an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
An Indian Hindu volunteer lowers an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
An Indian Hindu volunteer lowers an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu volunteers lower an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Indian Hindu volunteers lower an idol of Lord Ganesha into an artificial pond, dug for the ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi festival to help control pollution and waste, along the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. – Photo by AFP
Devotees dance as they carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad . – Photo by Reuters
Devotees dance as they carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad . – Photo by Reuters
Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Bay of Bengal for its immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the southern Indian city of Chennai. – Photo by Reuters
Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Bay of Bengal for its immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the southern Indian city of Chennai. – Photo by Reuters
Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Bay of Bengal for its immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the southern Indian city of Chennai. – Photo by Reuters
Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Bay of Bengal for its immersion during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in the southern Indian city of Chennai. – Photo by Reuters
A boy wears the head of an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during idol immersion ceremony of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival. – Photo by Reuters
A boy wears the head of an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during idol immersion ceremony of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival. – Photo by Reuters
Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing and later immersed in a river or the sea symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. – Photo by Reuters
Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing and later immersed in a river or the sea symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. – Photo by Reuters
Worshippers carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersion in an artificial pond, specially set up for the immersion of idols to prevent pollution in the river Sabarmati, in Ahmadabad. – Photo by AP
Worshippers carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersion in an artificial pond, specially set up for the immersion of idols to prevent pollution in the river Sabarmati, in Ahmadabad. – Photo by AP
An unidentified man wearing the head of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god "Ganesha" during Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations in Chennai. – Photo by AP
An unidentified man wearing the head of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god "Ganesha" during Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations in Chennai. – Photo by AP
A volunteer smiles as he immerses an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in an artificial pond, specially set up for the immersion of idols to prevent pollution in the river Sabarmati, in Ahmadabad. – Photo by AP
A volunteer smiles as he immerses an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in an artificial pond, specially set up for the immersion of idols to prevent pollution in the river Sabarmati, in Ahmadabad. – Photo by AP
Indian devotees offer prayers as they prepare to immerse an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesha in the Gomati River, during Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations in Lucknow. – Photo by AP
Indian devotees offer prayers as they prepare to immerse an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesha in the Gomati River, during Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations in Lucknow. – Photo by AP

Comments (10) (Closed)


ramesh
Sep 16, 2013 09:19pm

thanks dawn for showing such wonderful pictures of lord ganesha

Kumar
Sep 16, 2013 09:32pm

I commend Dawn to report on many Hindu celebrations. Hopefully this will create better awareness and tolerance in Pakistan.

Dahir
Sep 16, 2013 11:48pm

May the god of prosperity bring even more prosperity to Pakistanis

ramesh
Sep 17, 2013 09:47am

Thanks dawn for showing grt pictures of Ganesh chaturthi

Ravi Ingale from Pune
Sep 17, 2013 10:02am

Ganesh Festival was starting by Lokmanya Tilak in Pune on Early 19th Century, because He wanted that all people will come together so that the Cultural unity will become more strong.

Sanjeev
Sep 17, 2013 10:28am

Thanks Dawn

Striver
Sep 18, 2013 12:00pm

@Dahir: Thank you for the kind sentiments

Deendayal M.Lulla
Sep 18, 2013 05:17pm

Noise pollution needs to be controlled. The festival has become much commercialised. Volunteers of some Ganpati mandals behave with no fear of god,or the law of the land. They push women devotees by their neck. If protests are held before these mandals,the mandal volunteers just take away the placards of the protestors,forcibly. Even in cooperative housing societies,some residents make money,in the name of organising the festival. Eco-friendly celebrations are only confined to idols,and nobody cares of noise pollution.

guest
Sep 18, 2013 11:43pm

Nice pictures.

Arif
Sep 19, 2013 01:24pm

What the hell is this: 'May the god of prosperity bring even more prosperity to Pakistanis'

If I remember correctly then 96 or more %age of Pakistani people believed in one God, the creator of all beings and the universe, ...

How about some respect for the people of Pakistan ?