Shri Ganesha – Getting the God ready to bring him home
“Lord Ganesha you protect me from all the obstacles when I am praising about your appearance, when I am listening about your merits/qualities.
When I am passing the merit of your worshipping to others you protect me. When I am learning your worshipping from the Guru you protect me.
The obstacles which will come across in my devotional worshipping you protect them from East, West, North, South and other surrounding/directions.”
There is an annual festival of Ganesha, which typically falls in the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (Around August / September). The festival begins on the fourth day of Bhadrapada known as ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, with people bringing clay idols of Ganesha in their homes as a symbolic visit from the God. Depending upon each family’s tradition, these idols are immersed in the nearby water bodies on 1, 5, 7, or 11 days. The 11th day is called ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’ and on this day the festival culminates with the crowd roaring to “Ganapati Bappa Morya”.
Since the festival is celebrated in private as well as in public pavilions across India (especially in the cities of Mumbai & Pune); there is a great demand for various kinds of Ganesha idols. This post is all about the making of these idols, clicked through various phases of creating the magnificent sculptures.
The process begins with mixing of clay & plaster of Paris + dried hey
Sometimes the materials are recycled from unfinished or leftover idol parts.
Then this mixture is poured through plastic moulds to form various body parts of the idol.
After this, all the parts of a particular idol are joined together with various techniques.
This sculpture is then polished and fine-tuned.
The delicate facial features are smoothed with brush.
Then the colours are applied, first the base coat and then finished ones.
The result of this long and tedious process, is this – the beautiful and colourful idols of Ganesha.