The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of the elephant-headed god, and devotees pray to him to get his blessings for their new ventures. Clay idols of Lord Ganesha are worshiped, and the celebration traditionally goes on for 10 days, at the end of which the idols are immersed in a body of water. Though it is celebrated across India, it is most popular in parts of western and southern India.
Indians on Monday celebrated the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival that marks the birthday of the Hindu elephant god of wisdom and prosperity, Ganesh. During the celebrations across India, devotees carried idols of the god through the streets and gathered under temporary structures, or pandals, to worship and make offerings to the idols.
At the end of the 10-day event, the idols of all shapes and sizes will be carried to beaches for mass-immersion.