Ganesha Chaturthi ’10

When we went about campaigning for clay idols, many of them responded saying that they loved celebrating a colourful festival @ home and a clay idol would mean it would lack lustre. That’s when I hit upon this plan of making it festive with 21 Ganeshas to fill in the colour, while using the clay one for the Puja and the immersion. Su was more than happy with the idea and getting ready 21 of them was the next task. I reused only 3 of Β the Ganeshas we already @ home and bought all the others – visited every fair/ almost every art-craft store in the city and thankfully, it happened πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

The Puja-mandap @ home this year πŸ™‚

The big picture πŸ™‚

Legend has it that Ganapati’s Mother Gowri had come to visit her Mom’s place. Ganesha, who feels bored without his Mom around, comes down to the earth to take her back. So, we celebrate Gowri Puja followed by Ganesh Puja every year.Β  We worship Gowri made of turmeric and another silver one. The big idol is only to add to the festive look.

Gowri and Ganesha

The first of the Ganeshas that I reused – a silver one, presented by my BengaluruΒ  team-mates for our wedding πŸ™‚

The ones on the wall – Painting by Shruti right at the top and LaVancha Ganesha sent my Smithu πŸ™‚

The other two are sandstone painting on the LHS and palm leaf engraving from Orissa on the right – Bought them from Shilparamam.

Sandstone painting – If u enlarge , you can see the granular nature of the painting.

Palm-leaf engraving – Puri temple deities in Ganesh-Avatar.Β  Check out the trunks πŸ™‚

One side of the arrangement!

Got a pair of lamps with a Ganesha adorning them at the top. This one from Shilparamam too πŸ™‚

Ganesha made of Bamboo roots – Art from Tripura – Bought this one @ a North-East fair.

One in stone, from Kalanjali

Lord Ganesha writing the Mahabharatha –Β  Again from Kalanjali

This one is a set of musician Ganeshas. Bought these at the North-East fair.Β  They are in one of my favourite art-forms Dokra.Β  This particular set I got to know was made by Banda tribals from Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. The person selling this explained to me how it is done and also how he has to go deep into the forests to get them from the tribes. Most of these are made by the wives of the Naxals.

The other side!

Again, a gift from the wedding day πŸ™‚

This one from Pixie πŸ˜€

Another one in Dokra –Β  Ganesha as Lord Krishna.

I lovvve such musician sets. Another one in terracotta. Bought them from the North-east fair; these are from Assam πŸ™‚

The best thing about the festival this time was we had more than 50 people visiting us, with so many little Gowris and Ganeshas at that πŸ™‚ We were extremely happy, esp. in a city which has been home only for about 3 yrs now πŸ™‚ Β I hope it remains so *touchwood*

The bamboo baskets for haldi-kumkum.

Hmmm. So thatz it for this year πŸ™‚Β  Su has already decided the theme for the next year – Himalayan backdrop with Lord Shiva and family is his idea for now :mrgeen:

Have a gr8 week ahead πŸ™‚ God bless!

P.S: The bookmarks that I was talking about in one of the previous posts.

P.P.S: I ws lazy enuf to copy-right all my pics here. Nonetheless, it’s totally OUR [me and Su I mean] efforts behind all the arrangements and OUR photography skills too. So, pls beware before u copy! Am hoping Lord Ganesha takes care of the trespassers πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰


    1. Oh, finally, got to the top 3 !!! Phew….its been ages here… πŸ™‚

      Swaru….its awesome…all the Ganeshas are so cute, beautiful and lovely…. πŸ™‚

      Love the mandap !!! And the decorations. πŸ™‚

      I’ve fallen in love with the one in jhula…me too want one like that….. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      The diff materials used in the making of Ganesha, adds up to the charm. Love it…Hope my basket is ready…I might come to pick it up…. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰


  1. Nice …. 21 ganesha’s in all different forms. So just a visit to ur house wud have been enuf to see the 21 Ganeshas. We used to go in search of Ganesha’s to make sure we saw 21 ganeshas when we were kids πŸ™‚


  2. hey, here after a long long time.. and abs loved it.. getting nostalgic about everything.. though i have never celebrated ganesha at home, but i love ganesh idols. and while coming to Singapore, i sent everything home and brought just 1 idol with me.. ur post has made me miss india so so much…


  3. Beautiful, Swar!! Trust you to come up with something so innovative and beautiful πŸ™‚ Just wondering though, why this post didn’t turn up on my google reader, nor my Readomatic in WP… hmmm..


  4. Beautiful collection Swar πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Loved the various art-forms and designs which so wonderfully represent our vivid religious beliefs and still are making up just one God πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


      1. As you know I hate to agree with Nu.. but sometimes just sometimes what she say is sooo true that I have to concur πŸ˜‰ .. awesome colection Swaru … and yes sorry for missing from here πŸ™‚ …. am back πŸ˜€


  5. Hi Swaram,

    I stumbled on your blog from CB’s blog and competition. Awesome post and idea about Ganesha… I have been missing on the fun since I moved to Singapore and seeing your post reminded me of the Ganesh idols i used to go and see back in Mumbai…

    XOXO πŸ™‚


  6. wowww wi loved itttt swaru… ganeshaa being my fav lord… this post was a visual treat for me πŸ™‚

    lovelyy mandap and ganesha idols… loved them all πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing it


  7. Hi swaram, He is my favourite God and most of the time the gifts I get, mostly on anniversaries,poojas etc. is Ganesha idol, and once it so happened that out of the 12 gifts I got 8 were Ganeshas !! and your Ganeshas are so beautiful and so varied .. jai ho Ganeshji ki..


  8. Wow…what amazing ganesha’s and what a nice colour for a wall…The ganesha on the swing and the paintings of the ganesha are especially fantastic..Hope u had a fantastic time and it’s really good to see how environmentally conscious u are in what u do too…Atta girl


  9. Wow! That was so mindblowing! Loved the way you decorated everything, Swaram! Simply beautiful! And am so so impressed with the way you campaigned for the clay idols. Yours is so colourful, nobody can complain that a clay idol makes it less colourful! Loved the pictures! Have sat and stared at them for the last 10 minutes πŸ™‚ Lovely!


    1. Aww so sweet of u Smithu πŸ™‚ Thanks so much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Ppl lovvved the Lavancha Ganesha u know πŸ™‚ Sooo beautiful and so different πŸ™‚


  10. very pretty pics! πŸ™‚ and what a pretty decor you have done! I totally loved the first pic, especially the flowers on the floor.

    My dad might want to adopt you/write his property off to you, because he has such a difficult time during Ganesh Chathurthi with the drunken people who leave off the idols near the beach and people who take the Ganeshas through the roads. Last year, he had to pay people to finish the procession, because many people passed out after the drinks πŸ˜€


    1. *property* sounds really really interesting πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ When cn I meet him πŸ˜›
      LOL, but I cn so understand! Some ppl go totally crazy @ such times 😦


  11. Very nice. I did get a clay one too. There is this old lady who has been selling the clay ones for years now. Each year she increases the cost by 5 Rs. And by the way, congrats for the best smile award. THought I would put it here. There are 106 comments in the last post and I thought mine would get lost there, and my congratulatory message would not be viewed. πŸ™‚


    1. Oh wow thatz nice Radha πŸ™‚ Hw much ws the cost this time? What we sold ws Rs.10/- each πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much Radha. I reply to each and every comment even on my old posts usually. Sry if I hv missed any πŸ™‚


  12. Swaram, All the Ganeshas are so beautiful. I can see the effort that must have gone in choosing each one of them. You really end up doing such interesting things ! I marvel at your enthusiasm  Keep it going !


  13. 21 ganeshas was a lovely idea !! Very well executed … and I loved your Ganesha collection.
    My sister has a huge collection as well …

    The Ganesha that Pixie gave, have the exact model at home here πŸ™‚

    Himalayan backdrop idea will be a super hit … we had that done 2 years back and it took a lot of effort … but totally worth it !!!!

    And we had about 60 guests as well …. I am seeing so many similarities in our Ganesha habba celebrations this year …


  14. Wow!!! Talk about going all out for it !! πŸ˜€
    Next time I wanna come to your place for Ganesha chathurthi…. πŸ™‚

    BTW I’ve never heard of Ganesh dressed as Krishna!!! 😯 thats a new one!


    1. Ha ha hello Undakanni πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      I hv seen another Ganesha lying on a palm leaf like Krishna too. Only thing ws I hd never seen it in Dokra before πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      And plssss come over next time and sometime before that too lol πŸ˜‰


  15. Beautiful :). No easy task and the variety makes the entire collection/celebration special.

    Himalayas next year. So you guys will recreate the kailasha is it?. With snow, Ganga and all eh?. Nice nice :D. Advance wishes for that.

    Ganesha bookmarks chennagidhe. Simple and appropriate :). Who else but Ganesha for books alva :D.

    Thanks for sharing pics. Your living room looks colorful and bling too ;).


    1. Wah wah! Such an appreciative comment (finally) πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
      Thatz what Su wants for nw, wonder hw much it will change in an yr πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Thank u for the wishes πŸ™‚

      Me luved those bookmarks too πŸ˜€


    2. Finally anthe :O. Thumba avamana nange. Escalation madabeku. Where there is a due merit to be given, there will be one. Where there is a possibility of leg pulling, there will be more than one ;).

      But, you are making me a villan illi. Wait, is it a Ambrose type of villain in Mission Impossible a?. Dark shades, super bikes, cool chicks, better personality than Tommie. Then I will take it :D.

      Yes do that himalayas. First level Shiva, Parvathi. Water flowing through the first level and below. Then you have your gang of Ganapathis. Maybe one small platform or elevated area in the ground level(Ganga/water making an island, and in the middle small parvatha for our Ganesha(clay one). Which would be eye level for Pooja. May I will write a sketch and send it across). Foams and cotton to create the snow/himalayas :D. That would be one creative, wonderful and realistic setting :D. Bravo.

      Bookmarks are hand crafted?. Or was it bought outside?. How much do they cost?. Bookmark kept in a Pulla Reddy sweet box would be perfect :D. *cough cough* Dasara *cough cough* :P. *huge grin*.


          1. Pulla reddy slowly. Pullllla Redddyyy little louder. Pullllllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Redddddddddddddddddddyyyyyyyy shouting. *grin*. No cough this time :P. Kanlillla antane swalpa slow agi, medium agi and joragi kugiddhu. Yavudhadhru ondu frequency match agli antha :D.

            πŸ™„ . Boss kayalle order madabeku :(. How about some very good firang chocs in return for some sweets?.


        1. Lol sure. Doubt idhare you ask me :P. I will send a sketch about the plan and how to make it bling contrasting with your orange wall :D.

          You know the commission :P. 1/2 kg sweets is enough.
          *seriously became a big fan of Pulla Reddy sweets*.
          ** Never a big fan of sweets and I say this. Imagine what would people with sweet tooth would say after eating it**.

          Oh 50 rs a. Not bad. Naneno neeve madiddhu ankondde.


  16. Awesome.. loved all the ganeshas πŸ™‚ especially the dokra ones.. never seen anything like that.. looks like you had a nice time πŸ™‚ Ganesha dressed like Puri and like Krishna is something really new.. never seen or heard before


  17. wow. check those musical ganesha’s out. Lovely collection Swaram.
    I love Ganesha but I dont collect for I’m not sure I can keep them clean all the time. Kudos to you for collecting and hosting the festival πŸ™‚


    1. I bought most of them this time Lively,though I luvvv collecting decor items πŸ™‚ I change even the flowers in the cases every month πŸ˜› One loony case that way πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
      Thanks so much πŸ™‚


  18. Lovely pics!! As I said earlier, I love the theme of 21 Ganeshas. I am gonna borrow it for next year. πŸ™‚

    I also loved the idea of having a theme for Ganesha celebrations every year. So much fun! πŸ™‚

    I LOVE Ganesha idols, and am building up my own collection. Slowly. πŸ™‚

    Loved the bamboo baskets and the bookmarks.

    The swing Ganesha and the brass one writing the Mahabharata are awesome.


  19. what a fantastic collection Swaram. loved the one writing Mahabharta, and the baskets..thank you for including us all in your celebrations by sharing the pictures


  20. Beautiful,beautiful and beautiful !May Lord Ganesha bless you and fulfill all your dreams.I loved your wall paintings,sculptures and your wall color too !


  21. Ganesha is my favourite God. I used to tell people it was because he is most “approachable” .. LoL.
    Admired your collection. Especially like the Mahabharat-writing-Ganesha πŸ™‚ Great job Swaram. I don’t know why 21 though..have you explained it somewhere? Since noone else seems to have wondered.


    1. Ha ha gud one πŸ™‚
      Thanks Ro. Ya,in one of the comments to Avada. Lemme go hunt for it πŸ™‚
      Lotz of things associated with 21. We used to go looking for 21 Ganeshas and offer 21 Namaskaras before πŸ™‚


  22. Wow Swaram ! Very very pretty decorations for Ganesh Utsav this year :).. I have similar bamboo Ganpati at my home too.. One tip, get it polished – it looks much better, also lesser dust problems, and you can simply wash it and it won’t be spoiled.


    1. Oh wow u hv one like that cool πŸ™‚ This is the first time I saw something like that πŸ™‚
      Thanks Piyu. I dnt like polishing such things usually. Prefer the natural look, but will def. check out πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  23. Wow…you have a beautiful collections of Ganesha’s Swaram. It was such a treat to look at the pics. I like the musician set..they look so cute πŸ™‚ And I loved the baskets you bought for give-aways. I’m sure they were a huge hit!


  24. Wow…you have a beautiful collection of Ganesha’s Swaram. It was such a treat to look at the pics. I like the musician set..they look so cute πŸ™‚ And I loved the baskets you bought for give-aways. I’m sure they were a huge hit!


  25. I so miss Shilparamam so much… everything about it, just walking around and seeing peeping into the stalls πŸ˜› Beautiful Ganeshas Swar… I love the musical set .. lovely and love the colour of your wall… makes it all looks so bright and lovely πŸ™‚


  26. The musician set is great πŸ™‚ And I really liked the Ganesha in the jhoola – hadnt seen any like that before!

    And my fill of 21 Ganeshas are done here – Like you’ve mentioned before – we used to visit 21 houses in the hunt for 21 Ganeshas and would be soo happy that we saw so many πŸ™‚ And also the 21 namaskaarams we were asked to do! Gosh! so many memories – thanks!


      1. Actually after reading Ivar’s comments – brain coming out of my head?!! :-O Ashtondu buddhi illa – that it has to overflow ;-p

        Gubbacchi kaalu does not a lot better!


        1. Sorry RS (and to Vandana too). I got to use your examples to make my words clear to Swa. So she wouldn’t experiment with the avatar settings(as she got nothing to lose :@). I had a very nice one before, so little hesitant to lose that one :D.

          More the noise, it would be heard easier :). No ill feelings about quoting your name. I was just having a random look and your id had the best in that page. Now when I look back, smartassbride(with a bomb setup already and ready to explode), devasena(with brain popping out and with 4 eyes and a leaf of lettuce as hand), kavita(with tomato and bat cloned together and not to foget a horn) are much easier picks had I looked at the page fully :D. I am not even mentioning about shankari’s avatar(Swa, you should make your blog a 12+ rated. Kids could get scared :P). Iya and Aryan’s mom got the best of the lot me thinks.

          Just that this avatar I got is too skanky. For sure yours and Vandana too. So I want a strike from all the like minded people. Or she should use the custom allocated avatar too for herself :P.

          I guess you are one of the “Thumbidha kola, thulkolla” types :). Gubacchi kalu looks better you meant?. Not to me though :D.

          – I am sure I am making too many friends by quoting names here :D. *Goes into hiding*.


  27. Why have you changed the avatar settings??. I don’t want this fighter settings for gods sake. My old looks of Johny Depp pirates thing was way cooler :(. Please restore.


      1. Grr no. Olle gubachhi kalu + antenna anthe. I want my Johnny looks back :@. Grrr restore it.

        Lol adhare mine is better compared to others. Lets say the avatars of vandana or RS for example :D. I so don’t want that :P. Lol with tree on head of vandana and brain popping 0ut of RS lol :D.


  28. The whole concept of 21 Ganesha and then seaching for them in diffrent art forms is just great..

    Loved the collection and how beautifully you have done it ..

    It would feel so good seeing them all together


  29. AWESOME!!!
    I loved each one of them and a nice idea for making Ganesha Festival more colorful..

    I had ensured that this time all the colors would come only from the flowers πŸ™‚


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