Fun Ways To Make Your Own Ganesha
It’s time to show your love for Ganapati Bappa! Get your family together to create your own elephant-headed idol with love. Here are some new and interesting ideas to make Ganesh idols at home.
By Siddiqha Naseem
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavith, is one of India’s favourite festivals that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. The elephant-headed god is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. His childhood tales are stories of wisdom that most Indians have grown up listening to. And this is the reason why most kids consider him a friend rather than a god.
“My son considers Lord Ganesh as his best friend ever since he saw the movie ‘My friend Ganesha’. He insists we purchase an idol every year during this festive time, and we do,” says Chandhini, mother of a 7-year-old.
Not just kids, but even adults adore the lord of wisdom.
“I am a 26-year-old and I love my elephant-headed god. Even people around me can tell you about my love for Ganesha by the many small idols I have arranged in my workspace,” says Suchitra, a working mom from Chennai.
So, both young and old alike, cherish Ganesh Chathurthi and celebrate it with great delight and grandeur.
It is celebrated across the country with music, dance, colours and loads of fun. Decorating the house and making it colourful and festive-y to welcome the lord, and sitting together with family to make sweet treats are part and parcel of this joyous occasion making you love it more.
Did you know: Lord Ganesh is regarded as the god of wisdom and success. When he was challenged to race against his brother and circle the world thrice, he circled around his parents thrice and said they were his world.
This year think out of the box and create your own unique Ganesha in a fun and creative way. Things you find around your house can be used innovatively
Here are some ideas to get you started and think on these lines. We hope these stir up your creativity to make interesting Ganesh idols this year along with your kids.
Did you know: Maharashtra celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi on a huger scale than any other state in India.
Ganesh made out of almonds
While making your sweet treats, grab some almonds to make your own little Ganesh idol. All you got to do is draw a rough outline of the elephant-headed god on a piece of paper. Then quickly fill the insides with some almonds. That is how simple it is! You can either eat them later or stick the almonds on the paper using some glue, and frame it as your DIY Ganesh idol. You can even use shells, beads, lentils and other similar items instead of almonds. Go creative!
Ganesh made out of marigold flowers
Rangoli is one of the few things that instantly brings a festive mood in any household. Make interesting Ganesh rangolis using flower petals. While you are free to use any flowers of your choice, we personally like the combination of yellow and orange marigolds. All you have to do is make an outline of Ganeshji using yellow marigolds and fill them in with the petals of orange marigold. You can also light diyas around the rangoli to give it an ethereal look!
Ganesh made out of clay
Not everybody needs fancy terracotta clay or other expensive clay to make Ganesh idols. Even kids’ colourful, neon or glitter play dough can be transformed into adorable Ganesh idols at home. Even your chapati dough can be transformed and molded into cute little idols. Roll out and shape the dough to make different parts of the body and use toothpicks to support them. While you are at it, you can even make some ganesha-shaped rotis!
Did you know: Every year actor Salman Khan celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with his entire family.
Ganesh made out of seashells
Put your child’s seashell collection to good use. Pick out some beautiful big and small seashells and put them together to make the different parts of the elephant god. Stick the shells and paint them too if you like, to add some colour and make it more beautiful. You can even use some tiny beads to add to the detailing!
Ganesh made out of leaves
Talking about eco-friendly Ganeshas, here is an actual green Ganesha made from fresh leaves. Grab some leaves of different sizes. Beetal and peepal leaves are great choices as they are big in size and easy to make the curves of the vinayaka. This idea is one of our favourites! You can make the leaf Ganesh, a unique eco-friendly tradition in your home.
Guess we got you thinking in a whole new direction, so be creative and create some fun Ganeshas this year! And now that you know some of the most innovative ways to make Ganesh idols at home, grab all the things you can find in your house and whip up some more creativity. You can even use newspapers, fruits, vegetables, vessels to shape them innovatively into Lord Ganesha. Your kids will love it too! Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you and your family!
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Written by Siddiqha Naseem on 30 August 2019.
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