Lord Ganesha, is known and popular among kids as elephant- headed God ( Bal- Ganesha). Ganesha is known by different names — There are 108 names of Lord Ganesha that signify his every divine quality. To name few —
- Sumukh: He who has a beautiful face
- Vinayak: The one who has the qualities to lead
- Vighnanashan: The one who ends all problems
- Ekdant: He who has one tooth
- Vikat: Huge, large
- Gajanann: One whose face resembles that of an elephant
- Gajkarna: The one who has elephant’s ears.
- Lambodar: The one who has a large abdomen
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by Hindus across world as Birthday of Lord Ganesha. This year Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is on 13th September 2018. The 10-day long festival is celebrated with much fervour across states like Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The colourful and spectacular celebrations takes place and hold a very significant place in every devotee’s heart.
All love and worship Lord Ganesha. He is said to be the remover of obstacles and he brings good fortune. In India, Lord Ganesha is worshiped before the commencement of almost every task. He is worshiped first in almost all rituals of Hinduism. He is Lord of Wisdom, Knowledge, Arts and Sciences . This is why His image is found in all temples and on all altars.
People celebrate this festival with all vigour and devotion. All the preparations begin in full swing before months in advance. Craftsmen and sculptors from across the country begin sculpting idols of Lord Ganesha in advance. Devotees clean up their houses and bring home murtis (idols) of Lord Ganesha and worship him with flowers and delicious sweets. People bring home idols of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshipping for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 10 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual. On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally in a water body. Tell me in the comments if you want to know why they do this.
Through the span of Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees pray to Lord Ganesha to rid them of all their obstacles in their personal and professional lives.
Here I am sharing my last years Ganesh celebration.
I used Crayola clay to make the Ganesha idol and decorated with pearls and beads. Then kept it for drying for two days.
Then painted with watercolors.
Eco -Friendly Ganesha and Decoration.