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Ganesha's Lifecycle - A Photo Series


Groups of young boys throng the warehouse to have a good look at all the idols displayed and finally buy the one which they think is the most attractive in all respects. They transport the idol to their locality and install it on a makeshift stage. The celebrations would then continue for a week with music performances, dance, magic shows, games etc. The whole locality joins them and bids good bye to the lord who is finally immersed in a lake.



Typically celebrated between August and September, this festival is an important event for the Hindus. 'Ganesh Chaturthi' is the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh. Ganesh is the God of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. During this festival, clay idols are made and people install these idols at their homes/locality etc. The idol is worshipped for 5-10 days after which it is immersed in the sea or river.


This picture was shot at the Bengalee Association at Bangalore. In this warehouse, 8-10 artists work and sculpt idols which vary in sizes between 3 feet - 15 feet.


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Taken on August 31, 2008