Monday, August 17, 2015

Elephant-headed deity Ganesha adorns Indian town before Hindu festival

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Namrata Raut (R), 28, gives the finishing touches to a plaster idol of the elephant-headed Hindu God of prosperity, Lord Ganesha at a workshop.
INDIA---Recently married, Namrata Raut returned to her family home in rural western India to paint hundreds of Ganesha idols ahead of a major Hindu festival celebrating the elephant-headed deity. Pen, in Maharashtra state, is renowned for its exquisitely designed and beautifully coloured statues of the auspicious god, which are sold around the world providing the lifeblood of this small community. "There are about 350 workshops in the town and they all require many artists," Raut tells AFP, putting the finishing touches on another brightly painted carving of Hinduism's most recognisable god. [link]
Dilip Raut, dusts plaster idols of the elephant-headed Hindu God of prosperity, Lord Ganesha at a workshop in Pen village