Ganesha Chaturthi is a 10-day festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesha, the Hindu deity.
Ganesha is considered a god of intellect and wisdom and the patron of art and science. Every year, millions of devout Hindus immerse Ganesha idols into oceans and rivers in the festival that begins at the end of August.
Below is a photo gallery featuring work by AP’s Bernat Armangue, Mahesh Kumar A., Tsering Topgyal, Channi Anand, Manish Swarup, Bikas Das, Anupam Nath, Arun Sankar K, Rajanish Kakade, and Rajesh Kumar Singh.
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Lead Image Caption: An Indian artist paints an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped by Hindus as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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