Yesterday we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi – one of the most important and biggest festivals celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha (the God with the head of an elephant). I can’t wait to share some pictures.
Hope you all had wonderful time too celebrating the first biggest festival after new year (as per Hindu Calendar). And the best part is, this time it is over the weekend.
Here are some close shots of post pooja. Ganesha filled with flowers, tulasi and Garikey ( Bermuda grass considered scared in India).
Ganesh chaturthi is the only time you can offer Tualsi leaves to Lord Ganesha.
And Garika ( grass with 3 blades) is always offered and it has highest ability to attract Ganesha’s energy.
This festival is incomplete for me without making my very own eco-friendly ganesha idol. It took 4 hours but totally worth it 🙂
I started with Ganesha tummy, then legs. For legs, created a wavy texture for dhoti and added anklets too. Then added a small clay ball as head, molded elephant trunk.
Before you add ears, add jewelry(if any), 2 husks and hands. This year I made sure i leave little space between shoulders and ears. I did so – it is easy to add any tiny beads jewelry to the idol. At the end added ears and other details and final touches if required.
I let it dry for 24 hours and used acrylic paints to color the idol.
Lastly, added some rhinestones for ganesha and mushikam (mouse) and here he is sitting on the lotus throne with a paper fan backdrop 🙂
Lotus throne tutorial
Paper Fan backdrop tutorial
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Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here...
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12 thoughts on “Ganesh pooja 2016 !”
It has come out perfect Nima. Cute little Ganesha.
Thank you Vasudha !
You make it sound so easy! But your Ganesha is exceptionally lovely and so much nicer than what I can do!
Thank you – it took me couple of years to get there. I am sure you will too…:-)
Which clay you have used to make Ganesha..its so lovely..
Thank you! I used crayola air dry clay – any air dry clay brand works fine!
very nice decoartion and cute ganesh how did u made the mandap for god.can u explain and reply me to my email.
Thank you Madhu – that’s is not exactly Mandap – it is called palavelli a grid type thing hanged on the Ganesha idol – I just added 4 dowel rods from local home store (Home Depot) to make it stand. Traditionally in India we hang it on to a window !
Great job.So nice and beautiful.
Thank you Sarala ! 🙏🏻
Hi very nice decoration. Can plz mail me and explain me in detail how you made the paalavelli stand.
Can’t find ur mail I’d? Do u have Facebook a/c I can share the album
It is an easy straight forward one I got wood trims cut into desired size – you can ask the Home Depot guys donit for you !