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Image of Asia: Painting a Ganesha idol

Associated Press Associated Press 5/09/2016
An Indian artist provides final touches to an idol of the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha before it is carried off for worship to mark Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. The idol will be immersed in water bodies after worship at the end of the festival. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) © The Associated Press An Indian artist provides final touches to an idol of the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha before it is carried off for worship to mark Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. The idol will be immersed in water bodies after worship at the end of the festival. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

In this photo by Mahesh Kumar A., an artist puts the final touches on an elaborate idol of the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha for a festival marking his birthday. Across western and southern India idols of the god are purchased and brought home, where they are worshipped. After a few days — every family has its own tradition — the idols are carried to a large body of water and ceremonially immersed. The festival started Monday.

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