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Ganesha statue, Wellington

Ganesha statue, Wellington

In 1995 the Hindu temple in Webb Street, Wellington, gained worldwide attention from news stories that its small bronze statue of the god Ganesha was drinking milk. Here Kokila Sivapalan offers it a teaspoonful. She reported that the statue dipped its trunk in the milk, which disappeared. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is worshipped by Hindus as both a placer and remover of obstacles.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1995/4165
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Paul Morris, 'Diverse religions - Hindus', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Paul Morris, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018