Walking around the maze of workshops, aimlessly and amazed, full of the white washed form of the Lord Ganesh, you just cannot help but get excited for the upcoming festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a huge festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed God of wisdom and new beginnings.
Statues of Lord Ganesh are brought into homes across India and once the festival is over, these divine works of art are immersed into a lake or an ocean. The clay so cleverly crafted returns to the waterbed, destined to be dug up again next year to be molded once more with skill and love.
We walked around the workshops for over an hour, spoke to some of the craftsmen and saw a couple of unusual Ganesh statues. Ganesh in all of his possible shapes, poses and sizes sat everywhere, sometimes with three heads, sometimes with six arms, sometimes riding huge rats (the rat is the vehicle of Lord Ganesh, you can usually spot him in most pictures of Lord Ganesh). Some statues were so tiny, they could fit in the palm of your hand and others were several storeys high. There is a breathtaking atmosphere, with the smell of incense and artistic talent in the air.
Small shops next to the workshops have smaller Lord Ganesh statues, suitable to be taken into homes, already painted. Many of them already reserved, as they can not be taken into homes until the festival begins next week.
I hope you love these photographs as much as I do, aren’t they beautiful? I can’t wait to visit the workshops again just before the festival begins, when the clay in the workshops come to life, painted with bright colours and embellished with jewels.