HYDERABAD, India — A giant statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, which has an elephant head and four arms, recently came crashing down on a crowd of worshipers in India.
A video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube, showing a large group of people gathering to see the idol, who begin screaming moments later at the statue begins to tilt and then fall into the crowd. One man, identified as T. Veerabhadra Rao of Yerrabalem Village, was crushed to death and three others were injured.
According to the publication The Hindu, the idol had become entangled in electrical wires, and when some sought to untangled it, the statue fell upon the people. Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success, had been brought to Hyderabad for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebration which ends in the image being dunked in water.
“On the final day of the celebrations, the idol of lord Ganesha is taken on the streets. People exhibit their enthusiasm and joy in the form of dancing and singing on the streets along with the idol,” explains AstroYogi.com. “The idol is finally immersed in the river or sea. The day witnesses a large number of devotees expressing their happiness and offering their prayers.”
Most Hindus worship Ganesh, which is one of the main deities of the Eastern religion.