Day17! Lord Ganesha

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Today’s subject is totally different than flowers and birds, it’s Lord Ganesha!!!

I chose it because it’s “Ganesh Festival” time in India! Since childhood lord Ganesha is one of my favorite God 🙂 I loove this festival and I am missing my home and all the fun.

Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Puranic myths provide many explanations for how he got his elephant head.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 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 at a beach or water tank.

2015 decoration
2015 decoration

How we celebrate is we brought 12 -15″ inch clay idol at home and worshiped for all 5days. We keep it on an elevated platform, with all decoration and lighting. All the family members help in doing decoration but most of the design part was always my responsibility 🙂

Every year we do different diffrent decorations, sometimes it’s theme based.

 

2014 Decoration
2014 Decoration

My mom and aunts make ‘modakas’ (sweet coconut round balls coated with rice floor! Yummy) and offer Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day. The Lord is worshipped in the same manner in morning and in the evening for all 5days. On the sixth day, the idol is taken on a procession through the streets and then immersed in water after a pooja done on the water tank.

 

The immersion is done with people shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi lavkar ya!” which means people are praying to Lord Ganesha to come early next year. The final offering is usually flowers, camphor and coconut.

Now about my today’s painting I tried it in loose watercolor style, focusing on mainly face. I have used all warm colors just to give festive look and feel.

 

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