Monday, August 28, 2006

A treasure of worship from Mother Earth


In Hinduism, Ganesha or "lord of the hosts," also spelled as Ganesa and Ganesh, often also referred to as Ganapati is one of the most venerated representations of God (Brahman).

The ganapati festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout India but in Mumbai, the financial capital of the Country, the festival assumes a special significance because of the scale at which it is performed.

In western Mumbai a seven member group holding regulars jobs earning a modest living, have also been crafting 60 to 70 made-to-order images each Ganesh season like the one seen on top.

Ganesh images are made by mixing river mud, molding it into clay and drying it after which the craftsman shape the final product. This job requires skill and a reverence to make the best product.

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