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Old 01-07-2014, 12:38 AM
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I haven't seen one of those hindu elephant statues in a while. Used to have one myself.

It is a statue of Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati or Vinayaka. It is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu religion.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and the patron of arts and sciences. Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity.

Finally, you might be interested to know why you found the statue on the beach. An annual festival honors Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesha Chaturthi, which typically falls in late August or early September. The festival begins with people bringing in clay idols of Ganesha, symbolising Ganesha's visit. The festival culminates on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi, when idols of Ganesha are immersed in the most convenient body of water. Yours wound up getting washed up on the beach.

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