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Dukh harta, sukh karta, vighneswara – so many names for the elephant headed god, who is not only one of the most powerful entities in the Hindu domain but also perhaps one of the most loved. There is an interesting story behind the elephant god – it is said that when Goddess Parvati was heading for her bath one day, she realised there was no one to guard the entrance. So, by gently removing the Haldi and Chandan that she had applied on her body, she shaped a boy and breathed life into the statue. The boy was given strict instructions by his ‘mother’, Parvati that he should not allow anyone inside, as she was going for her bath. Little did she know that her husband, Lord Shiva was on his way there. When the little guard denied Shiva entry, in a rage of anger, he chopped the boy’s head off. An infuriated Parvati demanded that her son be brought back to life immediately – a slightly repentant Shiva ordered his minions to harvest the head of the first young creature they came across and what was brought back, was the head of an elephant. The elephant head was replaced and life was breathed back once again, to give birth to the form of Ganesha that we all love and adore today!
There are several homes these days, which have entire tables or showcases dedicated to this modak loving god. Over the past few years, Ganesha has become more a décor and style statement and people from all walks of life are looking to get a Ganesha for their own homes. At eCraftIndia, we have one of the largest ranges of Ganeshas – from Ganeshas on rakhis to large brass ones that can adorn the entrance of your home. Our collection is truly extensive – from Ganeshas playing musical instruments dancing Ganesha idols to, whether you want a meditating Ganesha or a Santa inspired one on a sleigh, we have them all. Our range also includes wall decor items such as wall hangings, keyholders, Ganeshas on leaves and fountains as well – we are sure that when you browse through our range, something will definitely catch your eye!