Thousands visit statue of Hindu god Ganesh
Worshippers have until Saturday to pay tribute at a 20ft-high statue of the Hindu god Ganesh.
Organisers of the Ganesha Chaturthi festival said the statue – which is on display at Soar Valley Netball Centre, in Leicester, after being shipped over from India – is believed to be the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Vinod Patel, one of the organisers, said: "It is a fine creation. This is a very important festival.
"We believe this statue is the biggest of its kind in Europe and is truly a sight to behold.
"The festival brings luck to the thousands who pray to Ganesh."
The 10-day festival marks the birthday of Ganesh, god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
The statue will be on show at the netball centre, in Gleneagles Avenue, Rushey Mead, until Saturday.
Mr Patel said: "We expect up to 60,000 people to have seen the statue by Saturday.
"After Saturday, it will be taken to Liverpool, where it will be immersed in the River Mersey as a symbolic act."
Lord Ganesh is worshipped in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions.
That may be a wee bit of a theological simplification at the end there, but an interesting article nonetheless - and an impressive-looking statue, I'm sure you'll agree.