This week lots of statues of the Hindu god Ganesha have appeared at street stalls in Bangalore, in the run-up to the Ganesha festival on 19 September.  I photographed these ones in Whitefield.  They will be sold to families – or maybe a whole street will club together to buy a large idol.

People will decorate the elephant-headed statues, place offerings in front of them, and celebrate the god of prosperity and new beginnings.  But the next part of the tradition is more surprising – every one of these idols will be immersed in a lake.

Ganesh Chathurthi



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