Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals we look forward to the most at home, after Diwali. I can’t remember when it started or how. But, for as long as I can remember, we have always brought home a clay Ganesha to be immersed a few days later — it varies year after year when you immerse.
During the few years we were in Pune, it was all the more fun. Over the past decade, of course, the way we celebrate has also changed drastically – being more environment conscious now. The colored Ganesha you see below is from over a decade before. Ever since, it has been only non-colored clay Ganeshas. The immersion is also done in a bucket at home with the clay going to the garden later.
We are not celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi this year due to the passing away of a beloved one. This post is a throwback to all the Ganeshas from the previous years with some ideas thrown in using the statues we have at home. These are only a few. There are many figurines in stone, brass and wood all over the home.
The husband is a big fan of buying Ganeshas. The recent addition is an Indonesian stone figurine in the garden. What is endearing is that each one of them has a story behind it that makes it all the more dearer.
There is one Ganesha we have been seeing for many many years at a shop in Srirangam. It is made of five metals and is at the entrance of the shop. Turns out it is the shopkeeper and is not for sale.
Some images of Ganesha from my home
The five-headed Ganesha seen below was a gift from my dad.
This wooden Ganesha made of neem wood has been infested by termite. But, I don’t have the heart to give it away so I try to protect it from further damage every once in a while. He is over 14 years old and we got him on Ganesh Chaturthi day.
This is the most recent addition.
The stone Ganesha seen below is from Belur. The region is famous for such stone sculptures.
The acrylic on canvas below is an abstract painting I did last year.
The Tanjore paintings adorn one wall of the living room. The first two – Krishna and Lakshmi are done by me while the Ganesha is bought from an artist.
Here are a few more.
Source unknown. Found via Pinterest.
Source unknown. Image found on Pinterest.
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