It is the auspicious day of worship of Lord Ganesha the elephant headed deity.
He is regarded as the god of beginnings "Lord of the Ganas" which means the "Lord of Hosts". Before we start any work or any rituals Lord Ganesha is worshipped first and with this starts the festive months of autumn in India.
This particular miniature painting of Ganesha on dried palm leaves and the vignette created with a carved bronze conch shell symbolises the colours of fall.
Dried palm leaf miniatures: Orissa one of the eastern states of India has a tradition of creating elaborate paintings from Indian mythology on palm leaves. These leaves are dried by a special process. Drawings are made by etching on the leaves using a sharp knife and then rubbing off
dyes quickly on the newly etched lines.
Let's all seek the Lord's blessings for a blessed life ahead.
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