Hundreds turn out for spectacular Hindu festival in Clacton

The beach was lined with spectators who turned out to celebrate. Picture: KEVIN JAY

The beach was lined with spectators who turned out to celebrate. Picture: KEVIN JAY - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people lined the shore of Clacton yesterday for the return of the spectacular Ganesha Visarjan festival.

The statue of Ganesh before it was taken into the water. Picture: KEVIN JAY

The statue of Ganesh before it was taken into the water. Picture: KEVIN JAY - Credit: Archant

The event is a Hindu ceremony which celebrates the elephant god, Ganesh – a figure representing wisdom and learning.

The festival is supported by the Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre, in Clacton, and marks the end of ten days of prayer and celebration.

The event, which ran for three hours, also saw offerings made to Ganesh and a statue of the elephant god was carried into the sea before being lowered into the water.

Another statue was used in the procession of the festival, and both were hard to miss.

The statue of Ganesh was submerged under the water. Picture: KEVIN JAY

The statue of Ganesh was submerged under the water. Picture: KEVIN JAY - Credit: Archant

Adorned with flower chains and brightly-coloured fabrics, the two bobbed along the beach as hundreds of people carried them on their shoulders.

A group of about a dozen men then led one of the statues into the sea as the celebrations continued.

The festival celebrates the elephant god who represents wisdom and learning. Picture: KEVIN JAY

The festival celebrates the elephant god who represents wisdom and learning. Picture: KEVIN JAY - Credit: Archant

Hundreds turned out for the colourful festival celebrating Ganesh last week. Picture: KEVIN JAY

Hundreds turned out for the colourful festival celebrating Ganesh last week. Picture: KEVIN JAY - Credit: Archant

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ - Credit: Archant

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ - Credit: Archant

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ

Hindu festival on Clacton seafront. Picture: KEVIN JAY/DRONESHOTZ - Credit: Archant

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