Photographer's Note

Sometimes in Chennai by the roadsides, you get to see people selling beautifully made terracotta idols and figurines. This was one such roadside shop in Chennai. Terracotta craft involves using clay to prepare reddish brown unglazed earthenware, which is hand-modeled into various figurines, images and plaques. Terracotta is molded in many states into figures inspired by local legends and iconography, and has been practiced for centuries, since the Harappan civilization. To know more about terracotta crafts, you can visit this site.
What really caught my attention after a lot of shots was the golden hued Ganesha, the elephant faced God with a pair of horses behind him. Not that he prefers horses as his mount, the mouse, is his favourite.
It is customary to invoke the pot bellied, elephant faced, Lord before making any beginning. The remover of obstacles, the destroyer of sorrow, Ganesha represents a coming together of different traditions to form one composite deity. He is one God in India who is as much loved as he is revered which may be evident by the way Ganesh Chaturti, his birthday (which falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September)), is celebrated throughout India. Huge idols of the Lord are constructed and the week long festivities end when the idol is immersed in water (visarjan) accompanied by loud shouts of "Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhachaya Varshi Lavkar Ya" in Marati meaning "Oh Lord Ganesh, please come back soon next year".

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