Bombay holiday: Ganesh Chaturthi


Rio has midnight of December 31  and people throwing flowers into the sea as an offering to Iemanja, Bombay has Ganesh Chaturthi to honor the son of Shiva and Parvati.

Thousands of miles from the festivities, here’s a sampling of some Ganeshas closer to home.

The many moods of Ganapati:

Snippet from a wedding reception sweets package:


South Indian tapestry:


Droopy ears:

Shades of silver and grey:

Just chillin’:

First one seen, entering or exiting:

Book spine:

On a leaf:

With Francis and AB:

Guarding the Hobson-Jobson:

When not using a tusk for writing:

9 thoughts on “Bombay holiday: Ganesh Chaturthi

  1. Ganesha chaturthi – legends and prayers : Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the

    birthday of Lord Ganesh on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of

    Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is among the most celebrated of the

    festivals in India, and perhaps the only one involving general public (others only

    involve families and friends and are celebrated privately). It is interesting to note

    that the festival was not celebrated until the times of Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar

    Tilak, who used it a great means to unite Hindus all over India and educate them the

    evils of colonization.

  2. As a Maharashtran, I’m accustomed to (and have grown to love) the different images of Ganesh. I once owned the finger puppet you also have of him but figure it walked away on its own, out helping others.

  3. Thanks, Kamla, Maya, Michael. I love seeing bits and pieces of other people’s lives in their photos, so I thought it would be a fun exercise.

    One of these years I want to be in Bombay for the event…

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