Gods & Goddesses




Birthday celebrations have begun throughout India for the Hindu faith’s favorite god, Ganesh, the elephant headed deity.

Tons of of tens of millions of Hindus are anticipated to watch a day of worship for the idol, who’s’ believed to be the remedy for all difficulties.

However the greatest crowd is anticipated in Bombay the place the Ganesh competition has develop into the town’s largest annual occasion and the place the carnival ambiance reaches fever pitch.

It is get together time in Bombay.

Ten days of get together time – to be precise, as the town’s inhabitants celebrates the run-up to the birthday of their most revered deity.

Ganesh, the half-elephant god, is worshipped by lots of of tens of millions of Hindus.

And for the interval of the Bombay carnival, the inhabitants go Ganesh loopy.

The idol is believed to be the remover of all difficulties and obstacles, and in a rustic with widespread poverty, it is simple to know his reputation.

Nevertheless, it isn’t simply Hindus who’re pinning their hopes on the trunked deity.

“There are lots of non-Hindus who go for Ganesh additionally. Now we have a really giant Parsee (Zoroastrians) and Christian clientele who takes away Ganeshes from us. So it’s no longer only a deity for the Hindus.”
SUPER CAPTION: Karuna, Inside Designer

For individuals who cannot afford their very own idol, 1000’s are erected in shrine grottos throughout the town.

Right here, devotees pay only a few pennies to supply prayers – and take within the color and pageantry.

It is all massive enterprise for the idol makers who, in 1000’s of Bombay workshops, craft innumerable variations of Ganesh out of clay.

Lately, their work has been recognised as an artwork type.

And because the designs develop ever extra intricate, the demand will increase.

“Each family has at the least some type of it. And of late, individuals are so obsessed with the varied artwork types that they’ve began a group of idols.”
SUPER CAPTION: Sona, Inside Designer

‘How the elephant god received his trunk’ is a narrative that is instructed and retold in the course of the festivities.

Ganesh begins off life as a boy, the son of the goddess Parvati.

However throughout an epic battle, his head is lower off.

Ultimately, he is introduced again to life when an elephant’s head is positioned on his shoulders.

Ganesh has all the time loved widespread reputation amongst Hindus.

But it surely was solely in the course of the British Raj (colonial rule) that his birthday celebrations grew to become so fashionable.

Indian nationalists of the time used the competition as a method of uniting the caste-divided society to advertise the idea of a free India.

“At the moment, the competition supplies a platform to all political events to return about and obtain their very own agenda. And it additionally supplies a platform to social organisations to proceed with the work that they wish to obtain.”
SUPER CAPTION: Mayamk Bhatt, Particular Correspondent, Enterprise India

The finale comes when Bombay’s devotees head for the seashore.

In one among Hinduism’s most historic traditions, the idols are immersed within the Arabian Sea.

Right here within the salt water, they dissolve utterly, bringing the revels to an finish.

However for his followers Ganesh lives on – and is certain to return subsequent yr for one other elephant-god extravaganza.

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