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.