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Ganesh celebrations in India (Photos)

New Delhi is mired in concerns over the city's preparation for the Commonwealth Games. Kashmir roils under gunfire and protests. But in Western India, worries were put aside as people flooded the streets for a 10-day celebration. The riotous festival Ganesh Chaturthi ended in the early morning today. It marks the birthday of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh.

(In a completely unrelated, but fitting coincidence, today also marks Elephant Appreciation Day. Neatorama compiled a list of why we should love the Pachyderm.)

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Indian Hindu devotees prepare to immerse a large statue of Ganesh in the Arabian Sea. (Rajanish Kakade/AP)
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An idol is taken through the streets in a procession. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)
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Hindus throng the beach. The immersion of the Ganesh statues symbolizes a ritual send-off in his journey toward his abode in Kailash, while taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)
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The festival lasts 10 days. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)
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A boy immerses an idol of Ganesh in the Sabarmati river in Ahmadabad, India. (Ajit Solanki/AP)
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Boys pull an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, back into the water. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)
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A devotee carries an idol of Ganesh. (Rajanish Kakade/AP)

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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