Ganesh, Son of Shiv & Parvati. Ganesha a Sanskrit language word means Gana (the host/ multitudes/ troops of demigods) and Isha means ruler. So ganpati- the master of the hosts, rulling over the benign as well as the malevolent inner-plane beings. Who controls things by strategy & intelligence.
And Ganesh Chaturthi is an occasion on which Lord Ganesha birthday is celebrated. Ganesh or Vinayaka is elephant headed and worshiped for intelligence, prosperity and happiness. Through he is God of all but specially in Maharastra, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh this festival is celebrated with grand splendor. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi (in aug-sep. month) by doing the visarjan (immersion) of the Ganesha idol. So idol is set on a raised platform and after 10 days Murti (idol) is taken in a possession, where devotees singing – Ganpati babba moraya Purchya Varshi Laukariya ( means - O father Ganesha, come next year too). And idol is immersed in river or sea.Some more interesting facts on Ganesha and on going festival can be check from here - Including a link to amazing Ganesha. You can check images of Pune (Maharastra) Ganeshotsav festival too.
Symbolism Inherent in Lord Ganesha, a graphical representation.
There are 32 forms of Ganpati from Bala-Ganpati to Sankathara Ganpati. You would love to read this page as its not only include pictures but also talks about the favorite sweet of Ganesha.
Ganesha idol or sculpture can be made out of wood, plaster of Paris, fabric or metal but most accepted is made in clay. And to make such huge size clay idol for the festival functions and homes there are craft persons who are into this throughout the year or atleast 2 months before the festival.
The making of it involves soft clay generally costs 5 rupees per kg. (But In Tamil Nadu the idols are made from mud and left unpainted.) Small idols can be moulds but bigger one are made in parts and pasted together. It takes one month to make it dry then it is spray painted, special colors are available for it in market specially if you talk about Mumbai’s Lalbag area. There is trained master to paint the eyes of Ganesha, as it demands high precision. It goes to market in 500 Rs or above depending on the size & design of the idol. It requires lots of space to fabricate and store the work for a craft man. And for them it’s not business, it is like a sacred hobby that they keep pursuing years after years.
Ganesha is so much famous worldwide so offcourse how to revenue. Things from soothing Ganesha music to funky graphics and ready to wear Ganesha T-shirt and key chains, dolls, coins & stamps etc. When there are too much to look for offcourse there are few crazy collector for them too. Few avid photographer.(Another nice collection on Ganesh’s pictures by Amit Kulkarni.)
Mr. Dattatray Kanekar already a Limca book of records holder for accruing the .With so much to talk about the Lord Ganesha. Ganpati to Crorepati – here is a 50 million rupees value Ganesha idol and there are the idol maker who hardly earns money after round the year hardwork that too in Mumbai’s rain. And what to say about the sea condition; too much of colorful mud and smelling flowers etc going in deep water.
I just say Ganpati Bappa Moraya. Bring more happiness next time.