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Hindu idols immersed in Arabian Sea as Mumbaikars mark Ganesh Chaturthi festival

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Hindu devotees struggle against a wave as they carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha for immersion on the fifth day of the ten-day long festival Ganesh Chaturthi, in Mumbai, India, on September 5.

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Women with their faces covered in colored powder gather on the sea shore to watch as people immerse statues of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on September 5.

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People carry an idol of Ganesha into the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on September 5.

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The ten day Ganesh Chaturthi festival sees millions of Hindus gathering to see the elephant-god idols immersed in a river or the sea, symbolizing a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind.