Delhi celebrates Ganesh festival

21st Sep 2012

Delhi is welcoming an influx of visitors to the city after its renowned Ganesh festival began earlier this week.

The 10-day celebration is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god of knowledge and one of the most widely venerated gods in India. Believers at the festival seek blessings from the god, also named Vighnaharta or Vigneshwara, who is considered to have the ability to lift life's obstacles.

Scores of idols have been displayed at city homes and poems, or aarti, are being sung in the god's honour up to five times daily. One of the most notable idols, installed by the local government, is to be decorated with silver jewellery, weighing around 22kg, including a crown and necklace.

Additional colour is provided by around 2000 elaborately decorated temporary structures, called pandals, used as a backdrop for religious ceremonies. Illustrated panels include scenes from the epic ancient texts Mahabharata and Ramayan.

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