Ganesha Chaturthi, one of my favorite festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha (Elephant God). Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles.
The story behind elephant head has many versions. The most common of these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati (Mother of Ganesha) using clay to protect her and Shiva(Father of Ganesha) unknowingly beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvathi. Shiva then replaced Ganesha’s original head with that of an elephant.
He is also called as Ekadanta (One Tusked), referring to his single whole tusk, the other being broken. You will notice it in all of the ganesha idols and pictures.
So, it is our 4th year of pooja, post our wedding. The first year I got a pure clay idol(Singapore) and added some colors. And last 2 years I was attending “Make your own Ganesha” workshop conducted by Mahaganapti Temple of Arizona.
This year I was very excited to make an idol. There are many videos on youtube. My sister and I did it together(virtually on Skype) and thought it would be easy to share the video we followed. We have chosen a theme and she did a ganesha on Veena (Indian musical instrument) and I did mine with tablas(indian musical instruments). Since it is in regional Indian language(Telugu) sharing couple of other versions too.
Video I followed – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZgSH_kp-cQ
The other videos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV-A6ID5OLA
And this is our Ganesha look 🙂
In India you don’t have to worry about clay, and if you are in US, you have couple of options of clay to use. I used Das Terracota Air dry modeling clay. However, you can also use Mexican pottery clay available @ craft stores like HobbyLobby n Michaels.
Hope you make a cute Ganesha idol and have a happy Ganesh Pooja in advance.