24 Aug 2017

Ganesha in Multiple Forms


Ganesha, symbolic of new beginnings, success, wisdom and generosity is worshipped on Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival that reveres the elephant God. The ten-day festival is celebrated starting on the fourth day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September.

S.G.Vasudev, GANESHA 31cms x 31cms  Medium: Relief in copper
S.G.Vasudev, 31cms x 31cms, Relief in copper
The festival is marked with installation of Ganesha clay idols in homes, or in public spaces on elaborate pandals. It ends on the tenth day after start, wherein the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby water body such as a river or ocean, thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailasha to Parvati and Shiva (source - Wikipedia)

With greater environmental awareness, there is an emphasis on eco-friendly materials  to minimise pollution of water bodies.

As the festival marks Ganesha's birthday, and celebrates him as the god of good beginnings, prosperity and obstacle remover, he is worshipped across the country with equal fervour during festivals, rituals and other celebrations.

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His multiple forms have been visualized, interpreted and portrayed in thousands of artistic representations. A constant source of inspiration, here are a few beautiful images from artists, which I would like to share with you.

M. S. MURTHY, "Sri Ganesh" works, watercolour on paper, 19X25 cms
M. S. Murthy, watercolour on paper, 19X25 cms
gurudas shenoy, 75 inch x 33inch, fiberglass mural
Gurudas Shenoy, 75 inch x 33inch, fiberglass mural 


Mahesh Kummar, 30 x 36 oil on canvas
Mahesh Kummar, 30 x 36 oil on canvas

Laxmi Mysore, Sri Ganesha Medium - Acrylic on canvas  Size- 18x24 inches Year - 2015
Laxmi Mysore, 18"x24". Acrylic on canvas  
Rajini Rekha, Tanjore : gold foil used
Rajini Rekha, Tanjore painting
VIDYA VIVEK BALACHANDRA - Moon-crested Lord 30" x 22" Acrylics on Canvas
Vidya Vivek, 30" x 22" Acrylics on Canvas
All images are courtesy the artist 

 I love to hear from you, tell me which ones are your favourite? If you are an artist, please share your image in the comments below.


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