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Showing posts from September 27, 2008

Dancing Ganesha Idol from Lladro

Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines, has issued a limited edition porcelain figurine of Lord Ganesha in a dancing form. The porcelain figurine of Ganesh is part of Lladro 2008 fall issue. The figurine is presently available in many online stores and retails for $920.Dancing Ganesh idol has all the usual attributes from Ganesha’s iconography and includes the gada (or mace), the paasha (noose or rope), and the broken tusk. Dancing Ganesha is third in a series comprising four pieces inspired in the traditional iconography of Ganesha – earlier Lladro had released Veena Ganesha and Bansuri Ganesha.

Mahatma Gandhi on Idol Worship

Idolatry is bad, not so idol worship.
An idolater makes a fetish of his idol. An idol worshipper sees God even in a stone and therefore takes the help of an idol to establish his union with God.
Every Hindu child knows that the stone in the famous temple in Benares is not Kashi Vishwanath. But he believes that the Lord of the Universe does reside specially in that stone. This play of the imagination is permissible and healthy.
Every edition of the Gita on a book-stall has not that sanctity which I ascribe to my own copy. Logic tells me there is no more sanctity in my copy than in any other. The sanctity is in my imagination. But that imagination brings about marvelous concrete results. It changes men’s lives.
I am of opinion that, whether we admit it or not, we are all idol worshippers or idolaters, if the distinction I have drawn is not allowed. A book, a building, a picture, a carving are surely all images in which God does reside, but they are not God. He who says they are errs…