Popular especially in the Maharashtra, Ganesha Chaturthi the birthday of Lord Ganesha is ritually celebrated among the Hindu community in Paris. The ritual begins within the temple with offerings and prayers to the deities prior to procession. The ceremonial procession opens up with musicians …
While men carrying the deities towards their chariots for more rituals carried out by Hindu priests.
While rituals are being performed for the deities, women in their colourful costumes are seen carrying clay pots or jars of milk on their heads. These clay pots are soon to be filled with sacred fire. Each of these women believe that this is an auspicious time to perform these rituals and that wishes would be granted.
And men would be carrying colourful wooden objects on their shoulder while dancing, getting whipped or at times getting into trance ….
Sandalwood covered coconuts along the streets awaiting to be smashed as soon as Lord Ganesha passes. For the Hindus the smashing of the coconut symbolizes the destruction of the Ego and merging with Brahman – the supreme soul.
Pulling the chariot of Ganesha laden with flowers and sweet smelling jasmines …
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