Hindus celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi Festival in Bangkok

Footage shows Hindus celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday afternoon.

The statue of Ganesha - a large pink elephant with four hands - arrived by boat before it was put in a hall where devotees gave offerings and worshipped it with prayers at the Wat Dan temple.

Men then hauled the revered deity onto a flat-bed truck for a processing through the temple grounds and out onto the busy motorway.

The Ganesha, also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Binayak, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon.

Ganesha Chaturthi festivals start around the world on September 13 but dates vary according to countries and local customs. This was the 11th Ganesha festival to be held in Bangkok.

The Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is widely celebrated in India and Nepal along with countries with a Hindu population including Trinidad, Suriname, Fiji, Mauritius, United States, and European countries.