Happy birthday to elephant god Ganesh!
ELEPHANT GOD GANESH is one of the most beloved gods in India. Rotund and multi-armed, Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. Lord Ganesha is the first god honoured during pujas, and he is the bestower of luck and remover of obstacles. I published Breathedreamgo for the first time on Ganesh Chaturthi, his birthday, in 2009 and feel I have always had his luck and blessings while travelling in India. I am very grateful.
In honour of god Ganesh Chaturthi — the 10 days of birthday celebrations and worship — I am posting some of the best photos I have seen of the massive parade and the immersion of the clay Ganesh statues in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai. The festival takes place either in August or September, and it is one of the biggest Indian festivals of the year.
The photo of Ganesh immersion into the Arabian Sea, above, by renowned photographer Steve McCurry almost killed him! It was during the festival in Mumbai, in 1993, and he had to get far out into the water to get the shot, with Marine Drive behind him, and Nariman Point in the distance. Right after the shot, he was attacked by a group of men. You can read the full story here in Conde Nast Traveller India.
The photo above comes from The First Post’s Pic of the Day page.
The photo above of Ganesh god is from TripSavvy. Click this link for a guide to Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai from TripSavvy. You can find out when the Ganesh Festival will take place each year, how the idols are made, where the best ones are located, and much more.
One of my favourite images of Ganesh ever is by artist Danielle Winter.
The photo above is by Sephi Bergerson, a travel and documentary photographer based in India. He is running a photo workshop in Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi (plus, he has other photo workshops on his site — such as Indian street food — that look equally interesting).
These two photos, above and below, come from Boston.com’s The Big Picture feature. There are 36 eye-catching photos in total in this feature, which covers several exuberant and colourful Hindu festivals.
This photo, below comes from Digg Mumbai — a site all about Mumbai, for Mumbaikers.
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