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PARIS, FRANCE: Thousands of Hindus participated in the yearly chariot procession of Lord Ganesh on September 10 from the Sri Manika Vinayakar Alayam in Paris. The chariot carrying the image of Lord Ganesha departed the temple on its six-hour journey at 8am, pulled by a dozen bare-chested men on foot accompanied by the traditional nagaswaram horn and tavil drum. As a leading French magazine put it, the event was "a unique open and festive spectacle in Paris, for discovering the oldest religion in the world." The Sri Manika Vinayakar Alayam was founded in 1983 by the current president whose family has founded many temples dedicated to Ganesha in Sri Lanka.