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Malaysia Indians celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 15:39 IST
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The Hindu community in Malaysia held special prayers in their homes and visited the Siddhi Vinayagar temple here, to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Due to the huge rush, roads leading to the temple had to be closed to traffic. Hindu devotees were seen bringing milk, flowers, fruits and special sweetmeats as offerings to the temple.

There were chariot processions bearing Lord Ganesha's statue passing through several areas, where devotees made offerings to the deity.

Some temples even had elephants to give blessings to devotees.

Ganesha, who is also known by various names like Ganapati, Vigneshwara and Vighnaharta, is the god of wisdom and prosperity, and destroyer of obstacles.

The Indian community in Malaysia constitutes about 10 percent of the country's population. Tamils, Malayalees and Telugu-speaking people make up over 85 percent of the people of Indian origin in the country.

There are also a substantial number of Punjabis (mostly Sikhs) in Malaysia.