An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Jammu August 19, 2011. Idols of Ganesh are made two to three months before the day of "Ganesh Chaturthi", a popular religious festival in India. The idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of his journey towards his abode in Mount Kailash, while taking away with him the misfortunes of mankind.
The Ganesha festival in India
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha.