The Joy of Ending Festival


Pune, India

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( Revisited 13.06.2010 )

Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees. All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukar ya” (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the statue to the river to immerse it.

Captured few days back on the ending note of Ganesh festival.


Photomatix 3.0 HDR image, processed in Photoshop. original RAW image was processed in PS and converted to 13 multiple exposures @ 1/4 stops. Finally cooked in PS.

Equipment : Canon EOS 400D and Canon F1.4, 50 mm prime lens. Handheld.

Av – F3.2, Tv – 1/400, ISO – 100


Copyright © Prasad 2010

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