And no city goes bigger in celebrating than Mumbai. All over the city, people are creating beautiful sculptures to honor the god of wisdom, prosperity and new ventures (including travel). On Sept. 18, the festival ends when crowds ceremoniously dump their temporary statues into the sea.
More permanent installations get their due as well: Thousands line up for hours hoping to get near the Lalbaugcha Raja, a huge Ganesha statue that supposedly can grant believers’ wishes. The tallest Ganesha statue, the Khetwadi Ganraj in another part of Mumbai, is sometimes called the “king of bling” for his many golden decorations.
The festival isn’t just about the statues, though. As with other Indian celebrations, music, dance troupes and parades fill the streets.
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