Home-Made Ganapati for Vinayaka Chaturthi

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa

The last time i made (rather than purchase) a ganapati idol was back in Cyprus, where there was an abundance of good quality air-drying clay. We do get it here too, but they come in small packets at Hobby Ideas. Last year, we had purchased an clay Ganapati. Finally, a little help from the house maid in getting some mud from the fields made way for a home-made Ganapati this year.

First, the mud from the field had to “cleaned” to remove all the straw and other weeds. Then, the big pieces had to be broken down and the stones removed. Once this was done, water was added to make it a smooth mixture. Then, began the process of “modelling”. Even Akshara was into the act and made a small ganapati idol.

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

Once the idol was done and had dried a bit, i used some white/red paint to give it it’s features. The flower on the head was a small paper quilling effort 🙂

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

Then, i used small clay balls to make the white garland.

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

What is a Ganapti without an umbrella? I used an ordinary paper plate, coloured it to get the design and then wrapped the circumference with wrapping paper (with cut edges) to get the frills. Now this umbrella was stuck into a tea candle kept at the opening of a water bottle (kept behind the idol), such that it gives the appearance of being placed on the idol. Then, came the dhoti.

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

After that , Rajaram did something remotely resembling a Puja and our Ganesh Chaturthi was done!

hand made ganapati idol for vinayaka chaturthi

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19 Responses

  1. priya says:

    Excellent vidhya….super Ganesha…..

  2. priya says:

    Excellent vidhya….super Ganapathi….

  3. KRG says:


  4. Pradeepthi says:

    Too Good Vidhya and Akshara:-)

  5. Sharanya says:

    Nice job akka 🙂

  6. alok agarwal says:

    very nice sir, you rock

  7. Sashi says:

    Vidhu/Raja/Aksharu…. The new generation of Vinayakar is too gud. Keep it up

  8. Sriram Sethuraman says:

    Superoooo super. 😀

  9. Vidhya says:

    Thanks to all 🙂

  10. anandi says:

    superlative degree of superthan po!

  11. sethuraman says:

    excellent Vidya
    was the smaller Pilliar really made by Kannamma?

  12. Ramesh Bupathy says:

    Super Pillaiyar, kalakkureenga! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. kailasam Mama says:

    Vidhya, you’ve done it again. You have the creativity and also the patience to execute! Congrats to you & Akshara, [like mother, like daughter]!

  14. Jayanthi says:

    Wow.. Vidhya and Akshara well done..

  15. Anupama Puneeth says:

    wonderful…if you ever know this – you are more creative than you think/know 😛 The ganesha looks great and he must be impressed too 🙂

  16. Vidhya says:

    Thanks Anu …”mera post thera like thera comment mera like “… Hope U got to see this AD when U were in India 🙂

  17. Sujatha says:

    Hats off Vidhya … u r creative . Nice Idol.

  18. Akila Gopal says:

    Hello Vidhya, This is my first visit to your website, and it looks very warm and cute. The activities you’ve done with your daughter remind me of my own childhood times growing up with cousins and family. I’m fascinated by your vinayakar clay idol. I live in the States and I’m wondering if you could share some tips on how to get the shape. My aspirations are fairly small now – I just want to give this a try and see 🙂 Many thanks, Akila

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