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In pictures: Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations across India

Updated : 2019-09-05 12:35:43

Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed deity Ganesha's birthday. The ten-day festival is celebrated with great fanfare throughout India. The festival commences on the fourth day (Shukla Chaturthi) and ends on the fourteenth day (Anant Chaturdashi) of the waxing moon period. The re-birth of Lord Ganesha, the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival is known by various names such as 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' and 'Vinayaka Chavithi'.

Devotees carry idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees carry idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees carry idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees carry idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
A devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
A devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian Hindu devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian Hindu devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in a car on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in a car on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian Hindu devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the second day of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The festival is a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Hindu devotees worship a huge idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Monday, September 2, 2019. The ten-day long festival, that celebrates the birth of the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, ends Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Hindu devotees worship a huge idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Monday, September 2, 2019. The ten-day long festival, that celebrates the birth of the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, ends Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian workers arrange flowers on a huge idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Monday, September 2, 2019. The ten-day long festival, that celebrates the birth of the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, ends Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian workers arrange flowers on a huge idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Monday, September 2, 2019. The ten-day long festival, that celebrates the birth of the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, ends Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indians load an idol of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha on a cart on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, September 1, 2019. The ten-day long festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha began September 2. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indians load an idol of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha on a cart on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, September 1, 2019. The ten-day long festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha began September 2. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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