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08/29/2014 04:13 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2014

Stunning Photos Of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2014

August 29 marked the beginning of the 2014 Ganesh Chaturthi festival, a Hindu holiday that honors Lord Ganesh, the god of intellect and wisdom.

The son of goddess Parvati, Ganesh is identified by his elephant head, which he acquired after having his own human head severed by Shiva. After killing his wife's young son in an act of jealousy, Shiva brings Ganesh back to life as a god and bestows upon him a new head -- that of an elephant.

Hindus honor Ganesh during this 10-day festival, where statues of the deity abound and are treated with utmost reverence:

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The Elephants Of Ganesh Chaturthi
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