Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival near the end of the monsoon season in honour of the Hindu god Ganesh. Families and neighbourhoods band together to house idols of Lord Ganesh in temporary shrines, worship them, and eventually immerse them in the sea.
On their way to the sea, the idols are paraded through the city accompanied by music, dancing, and general partying. The sound system strapped to the taxi below is a small one. Others have full flat-bed trucks carrying a sound and light show.
The sound level on our balcony, 23 stories above street level, exceeded 100 dB regularly. Below, partying dancers pause for a selfie.
On the last day of the festival, many of the idols are immersed at Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. Seeing the I really enjoyed spending time with the families as they prepared to send their idols into the sea.