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PHOTOS: Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, New York style

September 16, 2013 11:37 IST

PHOTOS: Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, New York style

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Hundreds of devotees danced to devotional music and beating of drums and playing of nagaswaram as Lord Ganesh's idol was taken in a procession in Flushing in northern Queens, a suburb of New York City.

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The Indian community of Flushing organises, every year, a special chariot procession to honour Lord Ganesha

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This year too, the Ganesh rath yatra -- Ganpati is pulled in a silver chariot by horses decorated in silver.

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The yatra wound its way through the streets of this strongly Indian suburb, past sweet shops and Indian beauty salons.

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Hundreds of devotees joined the parade.

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They were dancing, singing and banging cymbols.

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Thousands of spectators gathered to watch the Ganesh Yatra.

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The yatra is organised by the old and venerable Ganesh Temple of Flushing.

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The temple is officially called the Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapathi Devasthanam, which is now 30 years old.

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Sweets are distributed and the whole neighbourhood dons a magically festive mood.


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