In pics: Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in India

The festival started today on August 25 and will continue till September 5 this year

Ganesh Chaturthi

People dance around the Ganesha while the idol is being transported to the venue. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

Enthusiasts cover the idol of Lord Ganesha from early showers. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

People can be seen praying before taking the idol of Lord Ganesha to the venue (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

During the festival devout Hindus pray to idols of Lord Ganesha at their homes and temporary makeshift temple, culminating with the immersion of the idols in the Bay of Bengal. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

During the festival, idol makers work on making Lord Ganesha idols prettier and more colourful by the years. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

A large idol of Lord Ganesha stands on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is a popular 11-day religious festival which is annually celebrated across India, runs this year from August 25 to September 5. (AFP)

Ganesh Chaturthi

Indian workers tie devotional thread around an idol of the Hindu deity Ganesh, popularly known as "Khairatabad Ganesh", during the 'Ganesh Chaturthi' festival. (AFP)