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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More Ganesha Idols in Hyderabad

As a follow-up to my last post about the Ganesha idol at Khairtabad, I ended up taking a few photos of a couple of other large idols of Lord Ganesha that were being displayed in the Chintal Basti area of Hyderabad, right in between Khairtabad and Banjara Hills Road No. 1. From previous years, and my limited knowledge of the religion, it still seems to me that people are taking greater liberties when it comes to displaying manifestations of Lord Ganesha, not that there's anything wrong with it, just that no one really knows where it will end, I don't think. I'll let you judge for yourselves...

As you can see, the idols tend to become gathering places come sundown,
and although you can't see it in the picture, the mood was far more electric. This is one of the more traditional ones that is around. From all the temples I've visited/been dragged to, I don't remember any of them with an idol of Ganesha standing up.

 This one was cute, not only because the idol was only about 7 feet in height, but because it presents Lord Ganesha as a little boy, sitting on the shoulders of a drummer as the celebrations get underway. Also, notice the smaller idols at the feet of this larger one, mostly from neighboring homes that want to have part of the festivities with family only, behind closed doors, observing the true spirit of reverence of this occasion.

This one I took as being a little unsightly because at first glance Lord Ganesha looks like he has three heads! However, I think the effect they were going for was to have the entire family represented very closely together, and maybe they could have done a better job, but maybe they thought it looked alright. Whatever the case, I maintained a safe distance so as not to encroach on the holy space that was being occupied by a small group of devotees.

This was a curious case of a simple Ganesha idol set up in an extravagant, printed flex like cabana. Compared to the earlier idol, this is a lot more sane-looking, but the left-hand-on-left-hip pose that Lord Shiva seems to be adopting makes this seem like some movie poster. In fact, come to think of it, I remember looking around for a title somewhere when I first came across this.

So, there you have it, some other Ganesha idols that though not anywhere near capacity to challenge the Kharitabad Ganesha, were certainly making statements in their own inimitable style. The festival comes to a close this weekend, but if I come across any others before them, I'll be sure to put them up as well. Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into this Hindu festival.

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