It is the grand festival of Lord Ganesha, perhaps one of the most loved Hindu Gods of our times. He is also loved by artists all over the world and is, perhaps, the most artistically rendered.
Lord Ganesha Prayer Shloka in Sanskrit
वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||
With your curved trunk, large body and the brilliance of a million suns, O Lord, make all my work obstacle-free, always.
That is Lord Ganesha – the God of success and wisdom – also known by many other names, such as Ganapati and Vinayaka. Today, is the beginning of the 10-day festival of Lord Ganesha across India.
So, here comes an idol, inspired by Lord Ganesha and made of nut shells.
- Pistachio shell halves
- Half a walnut shell
- Acrylic paint
As you can see from the picture above, it is very simple and easy to make. The only challenge is in the judicious choice of the shells. Notice the slight curve and strategic positioning of the ‘trunk’.
Here’s how I positioned the shells to begin with. I must admit I did not get it right the first time. You can see the slight difference in the positioning of the pistachio shells in the final idol.
But, thanks to tips from a colleague, I altered the positions and glued the shells together – that’s it!
All that remained was painting the eyes and the trunk. I’m afraid, I could not do justice to the eyes – not that anybody can really do justice to the extremely beautiful and compassionate eyes as described in the Hindu scriptures. Hail Lord Ganesha!
Do let me know what you think.