Saturday, September 24, 2005

A row of vinayaka statues lined up at the Chennai beach waiting to be dumped into the sea. These pictures were taken two or three years back. In recent times due to various regulations including pollution control the sizes of statues have been brought down and such paints are also not used. This is now an annual event here after the `Vinayaka Chaturthi' festival when the statues from all parts of the City are brought in trailers to the Marina to be dumped into the sea using a crane. Posted by Picasa

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Madness - is there any other name for the craziness

N. Ramakrishnan said...

Not really. Meant to be fun, but over the years has degenerated into some kind of a competition. In a way glad that there has been a clamp down of sorts on what kind of idols and where they are immersed.

R. Balaji said...

No Anonymous. This is not something that can just be dismissed like that. This is a tradition that has been going on for more than a century (though in Chennai, a relatively a new phenomenon). It was first started in the 1890s in Maharashtra by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the freedom fighter and nationalist. He meant it to be an occassion for people to come together.