Monday, September 13, 2010

Hand-made Ganesh idols

After watching a movie, we decided to have a drink – Tender Coconut water (TCW). As the roadside vendor chopped the coconuts, we saw some very peculiar Ganesh idols behind him.
Ganeshas on the stone bench

Sitting on a stone slab, these Ganeshas were designed & colored differently. The rat was separated from the Ganesh idol. The idol itself did not have the usual shape. The colors used were not the traditional ones. At first look, it was like a Ganapathi made from clay. Curiously we asked the TCW vendor about the Ganesha.
He said that he prepared them in his free time (not for sale). He used the thin sand + "clay like mud", that he found around to prepare the idols. He used tomatoes for decoration.
The artist, his creation & his profession

This very creative & shy road-side vendor has set an example for everybody. I hear complaints about the cost of the idol going up and becoming unaffordable. So be creative and create your own idols.
There are schools & posters which educate about the use of non-painted Ganesha idols. Schools can learn from this man and start teaching children making Ganesh idols in their craft classes.

This guy is @ Big bazaar road and Water tank road junction, Katriguppe, Banashankari 3rd stage, Bangalore - 560085


Kcalpesh said...

This photo is a nice tribute to the Ganesh Chaturathi festival!!

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Lost in thoughts said...

Thanks Kcalpesh!

Prakash Nyamagouda said...

So next year Manjanna will be creative and create his own idol :-)

Lost in thoughts said...

Hehe...We (coastal Karnataka guys) do not keep Ganesha idols...;)

Nalini Hebbar said...

heart warningly eco-friendly...great job

Lost in thoughts said...

@Nalini - Absolutely agree with you!

Lakshmi Rajan said...

in the real spirits of the ritual and intention!

Ana_treek said...

Wow! Nice :)