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CHENNAI, INDIA, August 26, 2001: After ten days of elaborate and devoted pujas to celebrate Lord Ganesha's birthday, hundreds of murthis were ceremoniously immerged into the sea at the southern port city of Chennai. Politicians offered prayers to the Lord for success and the removal of obstacles. Meanwhile in the state of Assam, Lord Ganesha's festival was interrupted by a tragic accident. According to the article, "Two elephants were being herded across a bridge over the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati, the state capital, in the early hours of the morning when a speeding bus ran into them." Both pachyderms and the bus driver were killed. After being thrown into the river, the two mahouts, the keepers of the elephants, were safe.