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"God's Vimana" Mumbai 2011 | by mayankpandey
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"God's Vimana" Mumbai 2011

Elephant God is one of the most favorite Hindu Diety. Traditional stories tell that Lord Ganesha (or Ganapati) (the names mean "Lord isha or pati of Shiva's hosts gana) was created by goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. However, while she bathed, Lord Shiva returned and as Ganesha didn't know him, he didn't allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and severed the head of the child and entered his house. After realizing that he had beheaded his own son, Lord Shiva fixed the head of an elephant (in some versions, Airavata, the vehicle of the god Indra) in place of Ganesha's head. In this way, Lord Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.


Every year, Ganesh Chaturathi (Birthday) is celebrated followed by Visarjan (immersion into waters) with great fervor in Maharashtra and now is many other parts of the India. In 1893, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event.

Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesh as "the god for everybody", and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival in order "to bridge the gap between Brahmins and 'non-Brahmins' and find a context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them", and generate nationalistic fervor among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule.

Tilak encouraged installation of large public images of Ganesh in pavilions, and also established the practice of submerging in rivers, sea, or other pools of water all public images of the deity on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi


This one is shot at Powai Lake, Mumbai, where large modern cranes are used to lift 10-15 feet high statues of Ganesha prior to placing them in powai lake.


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Taken on September 11, 2011