Friday, September 14, 2007

House of Ganeshas

Tommorrow is the day hundreds of Mumbaikars will welcome home their favourite elephant headed deity. Ganpathy or Ganesha, benevolent god of beginnings, remover of obstacles, master of the arts and literature, lover of food, stays back in peoples homes, in various sized pandals in street corners to the biggest grounds for ten whole days to witness an extravaganza of devotion, fun & comraderie. In this context I have to tell you this little story...

One day in the early 60s a ten year old boy in Bombay, took his dad's car without his permission to Juhu Beach & brought back loads of sand in its dicky to build a little temple for Ganesha. There was hell to pay when his father discovered sand in the car, but well, he had decided it just had to be done. He got a pasting but all the ladies in the neighbourhood prepared sweets to be offered to the newly arrived lord. And the festival was celebrated in style. This continued year after year & the young boy, my uncle, was dubbed 'Ganapathy Mohan' as against the many other Mohans in the area. A committee was formed called 'Young Boys Ganpathy celebrations' and this is its 40th year of celebrating the Ganesh Chathurthi. Meantime my uncle shifted base to Chennai, his Ganesha obviously followed. My uncle doesn't make a production of it and for the rest of the family its only natural that his home should be full of various versions of the god. It is only after i started blogging that I realised this might be an interesting thing to share.

Ganeshas nestle with plants in the balcony.



Naada Ganapathys weilding musical instruments

Niches in the wall hold tiny Ganeshas . We had fun stencilling in this design when i went over this time :) He paints as a hobby & has a huge collection of stencils and an inexhaustible array of art material. A graduate of JJ school of art, he is a communication professional & yes he is directly to to blame for my choice of career.

The Nataraja/Shiva dancing the Tandava (there had to be an exception)



The dining area

The Nandi sits next to a black chair.

I love the stand and the antique bell that hangs from above

There is one more Beautiful Ganesha painting which I will add later. Meantime, Ganpathy Bappa Morya!

20 comments:

Terri said...

Hi Vineeta, thanks for dropping by my blog - your blog looks fascinating. I will add you to my favorites and come back often to read some of your posts!!! Take care...

zobars said...

Ganpati bappa morya !!! I am in love with all the murtis that your uncle has. I am glad you blogged about this.

Bhavna said...

Wish you lots of motichoor ke ladoo on Ganesh Chaturthi! :)

Love the stencil, by the way!

Vinita said...

Must visit your uncle's home when I make a trip to India. :)) He has ganesha every where...what a great way of decorating a home. The soothing wall colors, the indian artefacts in every nook and corner, the stencilled niches.. total wow factor. Loved his home.
Vinita

LADY LUXIE said...

Hello there!

Oh' I soooo love all your pictures here! The colors are so vibrant and just absolutely filled with positive energy :>

vineeta said...

Thanx Terri do :)
Zobars, I love the little guys too :) Thanx Bhavana - we had a good time deciding what colour to stencil it in.
Vinita, You are welcome to :) I must show him this post & the comments- he is travelling right now- did tell him though :)
Lady Luxe, Thanx so much - I think the sunlight had to go a lot with the positive energy :) do drop by again- India is about colour, you will see a lot of it on this blog :)

Zaheer said...

Ganapathy Mohan is such a nice story...i picture this. The home is blessed by the lord.So beautiful and special. Looks lived-in by the lord.

vineeta said...

Thanx Zaheer :) Im glad u liked it- I was really wondering whether to tell the story or no- My uncle has no clue I have written this here- I don't even know if he remembers this- my mom happened to mention this while chatting one day, we laughed & then when i thought of posting this- it popped right back into my mind. He will be happy to read all your comments :)

Arch said...

Lovely post Vineeta-
Hope you had a great Ganesh Chathurti:-)

gunJan said...

i love the warmth in this article most. none other comes so close. apart from the pictures of course, i love the personal touch hin the words. the small little anecdote thats so snug and cosy.

Peggy said...

Vineeta,
I love your ungle's house and the story of his impetuous youth. Devotion knows no bounds. I love the imagery of Ganesha and would like to add one to my home. Thanks for the great post!

vineeta said...

Thanx arch, ya had a great day- dolled up, went to the temple- checked out the building & neighbourhood ganpathy's and went SHOPPING :)
Gunjan & Peggy, it really warms my heart that you guys could see & appreciate the sentiment. thanx so much :)

Anrosh said...

I am hearing the sounds of La-La-La everywhere. All the festivities and the good things around it

~Me said...

lovelyyyyyyyyyyyyyy post..i like all the ganesha...awesome collection and lovely photography too

skyblue+seagreen said...

Hi Vineeta the first picture was a cool one. I liked the colors in it.

vineeta said...

Anrosh, the ganesh chathurthi does herald festive times in India, the following months will see us celebrating, dussera, diwali & finally christmas & new year :)
Sharanya, thanx :)
Shiva, thanx :) I like your blogs new avtaar a lot :)

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

What an interesting chair, I really love the shape and use of material.

vineeta said...

Calie, the interesting thing is its a lot more comfortable to sit in than it looks!

studio wellspring said...

speaking of ganeshas i have some to share with you too! a while back the sf macy's had a huge indian-inspired design extravaganza that took over the entire store. i blogged about it & thought you might enjoy seeing their interpretations:
http://studiowellspring.blogspot.com/2007/04/india-visits-macys.html

vineeta said...

I loved the link Studio Well spring! It was amazing the way India was recreated at Macy's. And Krsna Mehta is indeed a hugely talented man who's done much towards taking Indian Design abroad. This sharing is what makes blogging completely worth it :)