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Go here for pictures of the Ganesh procession in Paris on Sunday 28 August 2016.

 The Ganesh procession in Paris 


The Indian community in Paris celebrates the birthday of the Hindu God Lord Ganesha near the end of August every year with a big road procession. The photos below were taken on Sunday August 30, 2015.


The Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam Temple, where the religious ceremony is held before the procession, is not too far from La Chapelle (it's at 17, rue Pajol).


Various offerings are placed on a table while a pile of coconuts waiting to be smashed lie in a heap on the roadside.


Colourfully-decorated shops along Rue du Faubourg St. Denis, starting point of the procession.
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One of the many chariots. Male devotees take the head of the chariot while female devotees follow behind.
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These photos of previous years' processions were taken along rue Marx Dormoy in the 18th district of Paris.


Kavadi-carrying devotees, some of them in a trance, dance their way round and round amidst the crowd.

Before the procession gets under way husked coconuts are nicely piled up in front of some Indian shops...

...only to be smashed to smithereens by devotees seeking to purify their souls (see video clip below).

The video clip below shows the breaking-of-husked-coconuts ritual during the Ganesh (Ganesha) procession at La Chapelle in Paris. What is the significance of the breaking of coconuts? According to Swami Guhabhaktananda, President, Divine Life Society, Malaysia: "The coconut represents the head. When the husk is removed, it is like removing the impurities of the mind. The shell represents the ego. It is said that this shell should be crushed at the feet of the Lord (Ganesha), so that the ego goes away and only the purity of the soul is left."



Getting ready for the procession. The starting point is at Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis near La Chapelle.

A father and his son perched on the roof of a bus-stop at La Chapelle for an unimpeded view of the procession.


The main chariot in the procession to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity .

Women holding claypots containing burning camphor above their heads in the incense-filled air.
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