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Our trip to Mumbai just so happened to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindi deity Lord Ganesha.  As part of this celebration, the entire city is adorned with vibrantly colorful banners, elaborately decorated vehicles and effigies of the deity, which are immersed in the sea at its end. 

From Wikipedia (link):

Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesh Festival) is an occasion or a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, makes his presence on earth for all his devotees ... It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada ... [and] lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.

Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and chance.

Unfortunately, we were unable to witness the immersion; however, we were able to capture some video of the city as decorated for this occasion.

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 6:31 PM India , Personal | Back to top


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The whole city is so wonderful during that important occasion as it was decorated perfectly. - Missed Fortune
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