Ganesh Chaturthi festival 2016

Published 12:00 PM ET, Mon September 5, 2016
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An Indian artist provides final touches to an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before it is carried off for worship during Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Hyderabad, India, on Monday, September 5. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival, a popular 10-day religious festival celebrated across India, runs this year from September 5-15 and culminates with the immersion of idols of Ganesh in the Arabian Sea and other local water bodies. Mahesh Kumar A./AP
Men carry an elephant-headed idol to worship during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Hyderabad, India on September 5. Mahesh Kumar A./AP
A devotee holds his infant son before a statue of the Hindu god Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Amritsar, India, on September 5. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
A Hindu devotee transports an elephant idol through the streets of Mumbai, India, on the first day of the festival, September 5. Hindu devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesh in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity. PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images
Devotees perform rituals in front of an idol of Lord Ganesh at a temple in Agartala, India, on September 5. ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian priest offer prayers at the foot of a 58-foot-tall idol of Lord Ganesh, popularly known as "Khairatabad Ganesh," during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, on September 5. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images
A devotee takes photos of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha with a likeness of a gorilla during celebrations in Mumbai, India, on September 5. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
A merchant naps while he waits for customers to buy his idol in Ahmadabad, India, on September 5. Ajit Solanki/AP