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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

<p>A boy carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he arrives at the seaside in a taxi with his family on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

A boy carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he arrives at the seaside in a taxi with his family on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A boy carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he arrives at the seaside in a taxi with his family on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>People carry a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the sixth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

People carry a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the sixth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People carry a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the sixth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A woman with her face covered in coloured powder waves while standing on the sea shore as she watches her friends immerse statues of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the Arabian Sea on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

A woman with her face covered in coloured powder waves while standing on the sea shore as she watches her friends immerse statues of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the Arabian Sea on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh...more

A woman with her face covered in coloured powder waves while standing on the sea shore as she watches her friends immerse statues of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the Arabian Sea on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A crane lowers an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed in the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A crane lowers an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed in the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

A crane lowers an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed in the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A man, wearing a mask of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, holds up a cob of corn at a roadside stall on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A man, wearing a mask of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, holds up a cob of corn at a roadside stall on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

A man, wearing a mask of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, holds up a cob of corn at a roadside stall on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>Devotees carry the idols of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they head to the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu</p>

Devotees carry the idols of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they head to the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

Devotees carry the idols of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they head to the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>Fishermen carry the statues of the head of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as they try to help the statues float out into the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu</p>

Fishermen carry the statues of the head of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as they try to help the statues float out into the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu more

Fishermen carry the statues of the head of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as they try to help the statues float out into the sea on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>Devotees carry idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they procede toward the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu</p>

Devotees carry idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they procede toward the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu more

Devotees carry idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on vehicles as they procede toward the sea for its immersion on the fourth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Chennai September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A boy looks as he stands behind the idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed</p>

A boy looks as he stands behind the idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

A boy looks as he stands behind the idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

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<p>A woman sits alone while waiting for the celebrations on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", a festival for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed</p>

A woman sits alone while waiting for the celebrations on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", a festival for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

A woman sits alone while waiting for the celebrations on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", a festival for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

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<p>A woman carries a coconut on her head as an offering for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, with others on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed</p>

A woman carries a coconut on her head as an offering for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, with others on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed more

A woman carries a coconut on her head as an offering for the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, with others on the first day of "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at a Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

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<p>Men carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion in the Arabian sea on the first day of the "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed</p>

Men carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion in the Arabian sea on the first day of the "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

Men carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion in the Arabian sea on the first day of the "Ganesh Chaturthi" festival at Laxmi Narain Temple in Karachi September 2, 2011. REUTERS/Insiya Syed

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<p>A woman artisan sits next to idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in  Ahmedabad August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A woman artisan sits next to idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Ahmedabad August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A woman artisan sits next to idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Ahmedabad August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>An artisan paints an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

An artisan paints an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

An artisan paints an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Jammu August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta</p>

An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Jammu August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Jammu August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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<p>An artisan lights a kerosene stove beside idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

An artisan lights a kerosene stove beside idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An artisan lights a kerosene stove beside idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>An artisan stands on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he paints it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

An artisan stands on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he paints it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An artisan stands on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as he paints it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>An artisan climbs on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to paint it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

An artisan climbs on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to paint it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An artisan climbs on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to paint it inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Artisans make an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Artisans make an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Artisans make an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, inside a workshop in Mumbai August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, towards the waters of the Arabian Sea at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, towards the waters of the Arabian Sea at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui more

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, towards the waters of the Arabian Sea at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Devotees dressed as Hindu deities take part on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival before immersing idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Tank Bund Lake in Hyderabad September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder</p>

Devotees dressed as Hindu deities take part on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival before immersing idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Tank Bund Lake in Hyderabad September 11, 2011....more

Devotees dressed as Hindu deities take part on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival before immersing idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Tank Bund Lake in Hyderabad September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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<p>Devotees holding umbrellas watch the immersion of idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as it rains at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Devotees holding umbrellas watch the immersion of idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as it rains at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish...more

Devotees holding umbrellas watch the immersion of idols of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, as it rains at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Devotees hold umbrellas in the rain while carrying an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession before immersing the idol in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

Devotees hold umbrellas in the rain while carrying an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession before immersing the idol in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in...more

Devotees hold umbrellas in the rain while carrying an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession before immersing the idol in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Devotees hang by a crane as they immerse an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Sabarmati River on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Devotees hang by a crane as they immerse an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Sabarmati River on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Devotees hang by a crane as they immerse an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the waters of the Sabarmati River on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A child carries an idol of the head of Hindu god Gauri, mother of elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A child carries an idol of the head of Hindu god Gauri, mother of elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A child carries an idol of the head of Hindu god Gauri, mother of elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at Girgaum Chowpatty beach on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Boys collect coconuts thrown in as offerings by worshippers in the waters of the Sabarmati river after the immersion of idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in Ahmedabad September 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

Boys collect coconuts thrown in as offerings by worshippers in the waters of the Sabarmati river after the immersion of idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in Ahmedabad September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Boys collect coconuts thrown in as offerings by worshippers in the waters of the Sabarmati river after the immersion of idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in Ahmedabad September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Boys climb atop the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, after it was immersed in the waters of Tank Bund Lake on Sunday to mark the end of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder</p>

Boys climb atop the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, after it was immersed in the waters of Tank Bund Lake on Sunday to mark the end of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

Boys climb atop the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, after it was immersed in the waters of Tank Bund Lake on Sunday to mark the end of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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<p>Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the water from Girgaum Chowpatty beach before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the water from Girgaum Chowpatty beach before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11,...more

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the water from Girgaum Chowpatty beach before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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