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Hindus in India worship several Gods and Goddesses, but the one God that is invariably worshipped first and loved the most is Lord Ganesha. The most striking feature is the Elephant Head which represents wisdom. The broken tusk is the symbol for learning and pursuit of wisdom. See the above picture for Ganesha's symbolism. In general, Ganesha is the Lord of Good Fortune; the Destroyer of Obstacles. Throughout India and in the Hindu culture, Lord Ganesha is the first idol placed in any home and his blessings are invoked at the beginning of any good task.
Ganeshas make beautiful decorations at home and I have been collecting them for a while. Here's mine..
Ganesha's made out of clay. Created by an artist from Bengaluru.
But today's post is about the unique collection of GANESHAs. Come and see the personal collection of Lord Ganesha at Bidyut and Sumona Datta's beautiful home in Mississauga. Sumona has been collecting Ganesha idols for over 2 decades. The pictures do not do justice to the actual creations. You really have to see them at their home. Sumona has over 100 ganeshas I took pictures of a few unique ones.
GANESHAS made of brass/metal
This Ganesha is holding an umbrella!
Made in Nepal, this beautiful brass bell has Ganesha all around.
Ganesha made by Tribal artisans from India possibly from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh
GANESHA made from a Coconut shell
Ganesha made out of clay
Beautiful peacock motifs on brilliant blue ears
GANESHA made out of Goldstone
Ganesha made out of fabric...cute isn't it?
Wooden toy ganesha
GANESHA on brass lamps
GANESHAS playing music
GANESHA taking a ride on a boat
The warrior GANESHA
GANESHA depicted on a Tanjore Painting
GANESHA carved in Marble
This one is really a heavy work of art!
GANESHA used as a wedding favour.
The conch painting was made by Sumona's mother.
Do you see the incense stick holder ?
Guess what the Ganesha picture is made of?
The artist has used spices mustard, pepper, cloves, onion seeds, turmeric...
Isnt't that absolutely fantastic?
GANESHA made out of clay by Sumona Datta
I hope you enjoyed viewing this unique collection of Ganeshas. Sumona has so many Ganeshas, I could only put up these.
Have a wonderful day!