Special Devotees

    Special Devotees

    Diamond Ganpati on display in Surat

    It's the only Bappa (Ganesha) in the Diamond City for whom devotees have to take a prior appointment for darshan. Even the location of this Ganesha idol is a top secret because it is...

    Phoolkali: The elephant who paints

    Phoolkali, a female elephant who was rescued from her abusive employer and rehabilitated at an animal shelter in Mathura is now happy enough to paint! Prints made by Phoolkali on canvas using her feet are...

    Ganesha, an artist’s muse

    In the 1800s, Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysore (now Mysuru), a great patron of art and culture, compiled a book containing depictions of gods and goddesses, mythological beings and yoga asanas. The book called...

    Their interest in making idols wanes

    New generation of Kulalar families has taken up other professions The Vinayaka Chathurthi festival falling on September 17 provides an occasion for a family reunion among the members of the ‘Kulalar’ families who are traditionally...

    Making a god out of clay

    While Ganesh festival brings to the fore the cooperative spirit among different communities in Hubli-Dharwad, it also provides an opportunity for artisans to showcase their talent by creating idols depicting Lord Ganesh in myriad...

    Inspiring devotion

    ome May, the Pal family from Nadia district of West Bengal makes its way to the ‘City of Destiny’ to mould idols of Lord Ganesha and goddess Durga for the festive season. In all, 40...

    Sand made Lord Ganesha wins gold for artist

    Odisha-based sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's sculpture of Hindu god Ganesha has won two gold medals at the just-concluded Solo International Sand Art Contest in Marbella, Spain. Pattnaik's 3.5-metre sand sculpture bearing message - "Save The...

    Mini Ganesh makes big news

    Only one inch tall and weighing 40g, couple create world's smallest Ganesh idol Sushil and Shivani Kanyalal, residents of Ulhasnagar believe in celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner. In an attempt to reduce their carbon...

    Piece by piece

    Ananta Tilwalkar, artisan I have been working on the sets for Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati for over 30 years. I first got a job on the payroll, through a friend. I have always worked with wood...

    World's smallest Ganesh idol?

    An art teacher from Sangamner, Anil Kamble, has claimed that he has created the world's smallest Ganesh idol. The idol is smaller than a mustard seed, approximately .68 mm in size, measured with the help...
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