The youths were participating in a ceremony honoring the god Ganesha.
In a Hindu wedding it is typical to offer praise and ask for the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god who is prayed to before all others in any Hindu religious service. In a traditional wedding service, a priest or pandit will usually honor this deity -- known for his elephant head and his many powers -- with a puja or ritual known as Ganesha Pujan.
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Ganeshji, it seemed, would not let me get away from him. In a way that I understand now but couldn't quite see back then, he would not let me get away from myself either. After all, my problem was never really with him to begin with.
Ties to Ganesha run deep in Hindu families where he is often viewed as a member of the household.