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Ganesh visarjan 2016: Mumbai slows for festival to honor Ganesha (Ganpati Bappa Morya!)

Thu September 15 2016, 3:30 pm
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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: Every year Raju Laljibhai Dipikar goes out with his wife and three daughters and chooses an elaborate statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god so dear to devout Hindus.

    In this photo, Raju Laljibhai Dipikar and a relative carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to take it out of his house for immersion on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar goes out with his family to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: For two days the god 'lives' with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says.

    In this photo, a relative of Raju Laljibhai Dipikar performs the ritual of breaking a coconut in front of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha as they prepare to set out for its immersion, on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar goes out with his family to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: So it is for tens of millions of other families across western and southern India when they mark the birthday of Ganesha.

    In this photo, Raju Laljibhai Dipikar speaks into the ear of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha seeking its blessings as he prepares to make a journey to the Arabian Sea to immerse it, on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar goes out with his family to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: Beautiful idols of the god are purchased and brought home, where they are worshipped. After a few days _ every family has its own tradition _ the idols, made from plaster of Paris or clay, are carried to a large body of water and ceremonially immersed.

    In this photo, Heenal Dipikar cries as she bids farewell to an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before making the journey to the Arabian Sea to immerse it, on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar's family goes out to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: Nowhere is the festival celebrated with more fervor than in Mumbai. For 10 days every year the pace of India's bustling business capital slows to welcome the god, known as the one who blesses new beginnings and removes obstacles.

    In this photo, family and friends of Raju Laljibhai Dipikar chant religious slogans in front of idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before making the journey to immerse it, on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar goes out with his family to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan vidhi: Apart from the small idols installed in people's homes, massive statues are set up in temporary structures. (Image: AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan 2016: Flowers and coconuts and incense are offered to the god as is his favorite sweet treat _ dumplings called ``modaks,'' made of a crude sugar and coconut.

    In this photo, Raju Laljibhai Dipikar, left, walks beside a cart carrying an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha towards the Arabian Sea for its immersion, on the second day of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Every year Dipikar goes out with his family to choose an elaborate statue of the Ganesha and for two days the god "lives" with the family in their tiny apartment in Mumbai, his very presence bringing them joy. And in return for the love the family showers on him he takes away all their problems, Dipikar says. While families immerse the idols installed in their homes at different points in the ten-day celebration, it's the tenth day that makes for the most grand spectacle. (AP)

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    Ganesh visarjan vidhi: The last day of the 10-day celebration is the biggest day, with massive crowds singing and dancing as they carry their idols through the streets, to immerse them in the water, an act that symbolizes sending the god back to his mythical home in the snow-capped mountains taking all the worries and problems of his worshippers with him. (Image: AP)

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