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The Ganesh procession in Paris on 28 August 2016



The Indian and Sri Lankan communities in Paris's Little India, most of whom are Hindus, celebrate the birthday of the Hindu God Lord Ganesha every year with a gigantic road procession.The pictures on this page are of the procession on Sunday 28 August 2016. Due to the difficult security situation in France in 2016 it was almost cancelled. However the organisers were finally given the green light on condition that it be held on a reduced scale with a shortened route starting from Rue Pajol to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, then down to Marx Dormoy and back to Rue Pajol where the temple is.


All photos here were taken on 28 August 2016. They can be reproduced freely without permission but please credit pgoh13.com if you should use them.

Note: The path along which the procession ploughs its way is considered to be sacred, so if you intend to take some really close-up pictures go bare-footed and you will be allowed to approach the participants.



Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - temple at rue Pajol
The procession started and ended at the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam Temple at 17, Rue Pajol.

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - two elephants under umbrella

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - towering woman

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - main elephant chariot

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - incense pots on head

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - carrying kavadi

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - chariot pulled by men

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - chariot pulled by women

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - women leading

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - barebodied men in ritual

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - men with kavadis

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - men's chariot

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - women's chariot

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - offerings

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - pots of incense

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - man carrying kavadi

Ganesh procession in Paris 2016 - free food

In an age where people try to make as much money as they can out of every single festival it is heartening to note that thousands of packets of simple vegetarian food like the one in the picture above were distributed for free to all the spectators. Respect to the Indian and Sri Lankan communities in Paris!


You can find pictures of previous years' processions here.