Saturday, 30 June 2012

Cloth Embossing

This is the first cloth embossing I did. I never knew it was so much fun to do. These embossing kits are available to most of art and craft supply shops. They have different pictures with different sizes. The box includes a paint brush, a palette and 6 colors of paint(gold,pink,green,silver,blue,copper).
This picture took 2 days for me to complete, I have to admit I was very slow. I left the picture to dry for 24 hours thoroughly. 

Then I placed it on a table and ironed the back of the embossing cloth with medium heat as high heat didn't work much for me. After ironing you can see the picture has raised well perfectly embossed. to prevent damage of the picture I suggest it to be framed well. I gifted this to my close friend and she loved it. Though the picture looks small here its actually very very big and lovely after being framed. Hope you like it. 

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lord Ganesha

Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hinduism. Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify.Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles,the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. According to the Ganapati Upanishad, Lord Ganesha appeared even before the creation of nature (prakriti) and consciousness (purusha). This is an important link as to why Lord Ganesha is worshiped before beginning any task. According to this scriptures, Lord Ganesha is eternal and He appeared even before the process of creation. 

Stories about Ganesha:
Lord Ganesha, son of goddess Parvati, who is consort of Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva, who had gone out, returned and as Ganesha didn't know him, didn't allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged by this and asked his follower Ganas to teach the child some manners. Ganesha who was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of Shakti, defeated Shiva's followers and declared that nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens, Narada along with the Saptarishis sensed the growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn't stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvati and Shiva. 

Angry Shiva severed the head of the child. Parvati seeing this became enraged. Seeing Parvati in anger Shiva promised that her son will be alive again. The devas searched for the head of dead person facing North, but they found only the head of a dead elephant. They brought the head of the elephant and Shiva fixed it on the child's body and brought him back to life.  Seeing this condition of Her son, Parvati became extremely sad. So, Lord Shiva bestowed Ganesha with divine powers and declared that no puja or good work will ever be deemed complete without invoking Lord Ganesha's name and blessings. Hence, Lord Ganesha became the 'pratham pujya' or the one who is worshiped first. 

Once Ganesha's elder brother Kartikeya declared that He was the best among all Gods. So, Lord Shiva suggested that He and Ganesha would contest a race by circling the universe. The one who returns first will be declared the winner and will be worshiped first. So, Kartikeya happily set out on His peacock to circle the universe. Lord Ganesha being the intelligent one, circled around His parents because for Him his parents were the Universe. So, Ganesha was declared the winner and hence Lord Ganesha is worshiped first.

Ganesh Chaturthi:
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.