Palavelli for Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh pooja without palavelli seems incomplete. In the southern part of India, especially Andra Pradesh it is a tradition to hang the wodden grid called palavelli above Lord Ganesha during Ganesh pooja. The pooja prep starts with placing the palavelli.

When we were kids we used to wait for my dad to tie it up to the window and we would decorate it with hanging fruits, mango leaves and flowers. Same was the case with my husband’s family when they were kids. So for both of us Ganesh pooja has fond memories and he is our favorite god too 🙂

And we both performed the pooja post marriage with the same enthusiasm and devotion but one thing that we missed was the palavelli. We thought we should get one from India in our next visit.

However, my husband decided to make one from the basic wood trims and dowel rods available @ Homedepot. He designed it in a way that it can be taken apart easily and reassemble too. Here is how it looks 🙂

IMG_3511It is simple, easy and a quick project. And we have been using from past 5 years and it still looks great and easy to assemble every year before pooja.

All the supplies are available at the local home improvement store..

What you need:

Decorative trims from Homedepot  – 8 pieces ( sold as 8 ft panels and the HD staff helped us to cut into 2 ft trims)

1/2 inch Hardwood round dowels from Homedepot

Magnets – 8

Small hardware nails

Hot Glue Gun/Gorilla wood glue

Basic wood squares (left over from my Golu Padi Project)

Let’s assemble the pieces:

Start by laying the decorative trims as a grid (4×4) and use hot glue gun/wood glue to glue the pieces.
10599411_10152720817357059_8937066836147588088_n[1].jpgUse the hardware nails and add the small wood square base to the dowel rod. This helps in giving some support and stand up well as a mandir. 10457930_10152720814772059_6552548086848904735_n[1]Next add the mangets on the 4 corners of the grid and the dowel rods. Make sure you place the magents on the right side before gluing them. The magnets glue well with hot glue gun.

And Tadahh…..

10641157_10152720817662059_3617094739710470055_nYou have the palavelli ready. Decorate the grid and the dowels rods as per your style.

If you have a plan to hang it you can totally skip the dowel rods and hang the grid and use it. And post pooja they are easy to store as well.

Here is a picture from 2016.

img_3493This year Ganesh pooja is falling on a public holiday ( here in the US). I have a week left and can’t wait to make a handmade idol and have the pooja pictures in my next post.. 🙂

Happy Ganesh Pooja!!

Published by Nima

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... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

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