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Myriad Ganeshas

WHAT COMES to your mind when you think of Vinayagar Chathurthi?

Kozhakattai, sweets and of course, the ceremonial visarjanam (immersion) of the clay Ganesha. It also signifies the run-up to the Navarathri kolu, when most homes arrange rows of dolls to mark the festivities.

The annual Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations at the home of DAR Jewellers on Bashyakaralu Street merged these two traditions.

Set in the form of a kolu, paper decorations and glittering festoons added gloss to the Ganesh darshan, which has been a regular feature for some generations now.

Visitors who stepped into the house got to see more than 200 idols and figurines of the elephant God in all shapes.

Made of various materials, they had been chosen from across the country by the family. "We are all very fond of Ganesha and collect idols of the God," says Swathi, the daughter-in-law of the house.

Myriad Ganeshas

The family keeps adding 70-80 idols to its collection every year. Some of them are region-specific.

Like the Gowri Ganesha, which is exclusive to Karnataka, or the Shiva Shakti Ganesha, which has been created in the Tanjore painting style.

Attractions include a conch shell Ganesha, a figurine of the God on the handle of a crystal bell, Ganesha adopting the pose of the Laughing Buddha and the God donning the role of a videographer.

The idols are made of a host of materials like silver, gold, semi-precious stones, clay, terracotta and betel nut.

The display is kept for two days - on Chathurthi and the following day.

"We like to invite visitors to see the decoration. And, all visitors go home with a tamboolam, along with which a small Ganesh idol is given," says Usha, the hostess.

SUBHA J RAO

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