This time of year, the festivals just keep on coming. Today is the last day of the big Ganesha festival. Most of the smaller Ganeshas have already been immersed, but the big ones go today. Each Ganesha requires at least three trucks to get to the immersion site: One to carry Ganesha, one to carry women and children, and one to carry the sound system. (Men get to walk.)
On to other matters of the day.
|Men walk behind the Ganesha truck. Lots of pink dye is flung around -- the streets are pink. (So are the men.)|
|A shop in Vapi that makes idols, clearly preparing for next month's Durga festival (Navratri / Durga Puja / Dussera). You can see that the statue is built around a base of straw and mud. After the sculpting, it is painted, clothed, and ornamented.|
|A closer view of a straw and mud base form. Last February I saw a lot of these floating down the Ganga -- the remains after the clay part of the idol has disintegrated.|
|I guess it depends upon your perspective as to whether this cow is pruning low branches or spoiling the landscaping.|
|During and immediately after monsoon, green grows everywhere -- including the wall of this "chawl" (traditional lower-class housing).|