September 29, 2023

Clay art | Akshata Ashok Jadhav

Material: Clay, small box, colors (Skin,Gold, Black, Red, Pink), Cloth (Purple,Green), Glitter Jewels

Ganesha also known as Ganpati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesha is known for God of new beginnings, Success and wisdom. Although he is known by many attributes Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the Deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning   during writing session. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits.

Ganesh Chaturthi  Ganesh chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Lord Ganesha to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stages). Observations include chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts such as, prayers and brata (fasting). Offerings and prasadam from the daily prayers, that are distributed from the pandal to the community, include sweets such as modaka as it is believed to be a favorite of Lord Ganesh. The festival ends on the tenth day after start, when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea.

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