A young couple prepares to drive home with Ganpati, the elephant-headed God, on the eve of the festival in Mumbai on September 18, 2023. The ten-day-long festival will be celebrated from the 19th to the 28th of September, 2023.
An evocative image of Ganpati shielding from the rainy day at a stall on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, September 18, 2023.
A young devotee with a taal (hand cymbals) accompanies his family and a veiled Ganpati on the first day of the ten-day festival in Mumbai, September 19, 2023.
A massive crowd accompanies a gigantic idol of Chintamani Ganesh being carried from its maker’s workshop to a famous pandal in Chinchpokli, Mumbai, ahead of the festival, September 9, 2023.
This image of a gigantic shadow cast by the idol of Khetwadi cha Lambodar Ganpati while being taken to the popular Lalbaug pandal in Mumbai won an award instituted by Akhil Chandanwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Girgaum & Maharashtra Travel Photographers Association on August 18, 2023.
This photograph of the reflection of Ganpati on a passing BEST bus in Byculla, Mumbai, won an award instituted by Akhil Chandanwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Girgaum & Maharashtra Travel Photographers Association on August 18, 2023.
A devotee awaits help to carry a custom-ordered Ganpati into the train compartment at a railway station in Mumbai on September 17, 2023
To the accompaniment of drums, workers drag a platform carrying a 12 feet high idol to be transported to a Ganesh Puja pandal in Kumartuli, Kolkata, on September 18, 2023
An artist in the village of Pen in Raigad district, Maharashtra - famous for its Ganesha idols - gives finishing touches to one ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival on August 8, 2023.
A pillion rider sits in reverse on a motorbike to carry home a Ganpati on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebration in Mumbai on September 18, 2023
A couple behold many forms and representations of Ganpati on display at a workshop in Mumbai on August 25, 2023, ahead of the festival. These forms and variations have symbolic meanings and stories attached to them.
A maker drapes a turban on an idol of Lord Ganesh before it is taken away to a home on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, September 18, 2023.
An exquisitely draped Ganpati in pink, veiled to the public, is carried home by a Mumbaikar on his head on the eve of the festival in Mumbai on September 18, 2023
Youths from a local pandal haul a seated Ganpati, his vivid ears highlighted in vermilion hue, from a workshop at Lalbaug, Mumbai on August 12, 2023.