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A Lesson In Patience

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Our area is always a pleasure to walk around. We find all sorts of interesting things to see.

Last week, I walked to the lab for my tests and on the way, was stunned to see lots of massive Ganesha idols. Left overs from the festival we had in September. I felt a little sad to see so many had been made and weren’t sold. And now, they are so huge, difficult to store and they’re just sitting by the road side, probably for next year or maybe a quirky buyer.

They’ve thoughtfully been covered with plastic to protect them from the elements, but that is fast wearing off.

Not their patience though. And Ganesha obviously has plenty of this particular virtue!

Some were beautifully colored, and some were not. Nevertheless, they looked poignantly beautiful to me. After all, Ganesha is one of my favorite forms and I have the urge to always go hug the idol when I see it. Considering these were taller than I am, it was a very feasible thought. I actually contemplated clicking a selfie with one of the idols.

Ha! Selfie with God. Yeah! Maybe I will, the next time I walk that way.

Here’s a quick refresher on the story behind Ganesha:

Once upon a time, the Goddess Parvati (Shiva’s consort) while bathing, created a handsome little child out of the sandalwood paste she was using. She loved him as her son and asked him to stand guard outside and stop anyone from entering the house, while she bathed. 

Now, Shiva returned home and was surprised to be stopped by the little boy Ganesha at the gate. He was enraged that anyone would stop him and cut off Ganesha’s head, assuming he was some outsider.  (Talk about being hasty!).

When Parvati came to know of this, she was upset. (naturally) To console her, Shiva ordered his disciples to bring him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The disciples found only an elephant in that position. And so Ganesha got the elephant’s head.

Vidur has written a comprehensive post about Ganesha and you can read it here. Oh, but he does his research – and I quite enjoyed reading the post, even though I know most of it.

For now, here are the pictures of the God who zaps all obstacles!

patience vidya sury

patience vidya sury

What was interesting was – no two idols were similar. Pretty much like a fashion shoot – except the models all stayed put where they were! See? They sit resplendently in their painted on finery!

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patience vidya sury

 

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patience vidya sury

Some of them have a shelter over their heads, while some sit patiently in the sun or rain, as the case may be. Waiting for next year!

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What a lesson in patience!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Beloo Mehra
    October 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Nicely written, Vidya! Your post is so positive with beautiful pictures of Lord Ganesha in all his finery and glitter, but somehow my mind goes to the pictures of riverside or banks of some of the canals/lakes the day after the immersion of these murtis. I wish more of these murtis of Lord Ganesha or Ma Durga are made with natural materials so that they don’t create more damage to our already polluted rivers.
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    Josh
    October 6, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    ‘Selfie with God’

    That would make a great headline.
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      Vidya Sury
      October 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Coming soon, Josh, coming soon!

      By the way, a friend of mine told me today that yours are the best posts among the ones I share on social media. 🙂
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    Priya
    October 7, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Dear Vidya,

    Your post today was no accident. Of course, there are no accidents in the universe. Yet sometimes the mind doesn’t get that! Your post came as an acknowledgement I sought today from the very god you celebrated here for precisely the lesson I am learning – patience.

    Am so moved. Thanks a ton,
    Priya

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    Lisa
    October 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

    It’s the school holidays here at the moment and there have definitely been numerous moments when I’ve had to remind myself of the need for patience! A timely post!
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    Susan Scott
    October 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Lovely post Vidya thank you. I’m forwarding it on to a friend of mine who I call ‘Gan’ .. it’s not her real name tho I call her this.
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    Found In Folsom
    October 10, 2014 at 2:30 am

    So sad, isn’t it? So many of them not being sold? This time we didn’t buy the ganesha as they have become very expensive. I made at home with clay. 🙂
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    Birgit
    October 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Oh hope they get sold. I never knew about the story so I am glad you wrote it here. I am not sure if he was actually lucky
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