This is from one of our early morning visits to Sidhhivinayak temple
This next one here is a tiny silver Ganesha
that was a gift from the lady at Chamba Lama,
the most famous curio shop in Kolkata.
Not just us three sisters, even dad received a tiny Ganesh-ji
after one of our generous shopping sprees at the store!
It has a beautiful Bhutanese mantra intricately carved all around.
Some of my jewellery and artifacts from the shop in the backdrop :)
I have been visiting this store from my college days..
spent hours (and most of my pocket money at that time) at the store,
which boasts of an awesome selection of
silver jewellery and Tibetan curio.
Even now when I go back to Kolkata,
a visit to Chamba Lama is indispensable.
This little Ganesha is made of sandalwood and gifted to us by Mr. Suryani when
we visited his store/factory in Mysore to purchase
a Ganesh-murti (photo later in this post) with my first salary:)
This is Ganesh-ji carved in stone, from Orissa craftsmen,
collected at a handicraft fair in Mumbai.
Arnab and I had gone with my mom. I loved their detail and form
so much... I had to take home one; it was only after
I had picked Him up that Maa looked and said,
'You picked a Ganesha with his trunk bent towards the right!'.
We are not superstitious but she could not help remark that
apparently it is supposed to be lucky and is very difficult to find
(most Ganesh idols have their trunks bend towards the left,
Siddhivinayak is another exception).
This is the Ganesh-murti we brought from the
Suryani brothers' factory in Mysore in 2004.
Size: 14.5 cm x 24 cm (rounded corners)
Medium: Acrylic paint and acrylic ink
The vahana (mount) of Lord Ganesha is referred to as 'Mooshika'.
In the Hindu pantheon, each deity is seated on a mount(vahana)
which always has a symbolical meaning.
The mouse is apparently used as a symbol of greed and inquisitiveness.
Our mooshika here seems quite controlled and poised, thanks to Ganesh-ji!
The text reads ''श्री गणेशाय नमः '' (Shree Ganehsaya Namah)
(Meaning: 'Gan': people, 'Eshaya':loved by; He who is loved by everyone)
which is so true for Ganesha!