|Ganesh Chaturthi in Rue du Faubourg St Denis|
(photo: Paul Munhoven via Wikimedia Commons)
The festival attracts thousands of devotees from all over Europe. The men pull a chariot bearing a gilded bronze effigy of the elephant-headed deity through the streets to the Hindu temple in nearby Rue Pajol. Women follow the chariot, carrying camphor pots on their heads and singing devotional songs. Coconuts are smashed all along the path of the chariot. The shell represents worldly illusion; the flesh individual karma; the water human ego. In breaking the coconut, devotees offer their hearts to Ganesha.
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