As the monsoons cast a spell over the Indian subcontinent, countless homes and narrow alleys gear up to welcome a very special visitor – Lord Ganesha. Through the centuries, Lord Ganesha has captured the imagination of his innumerable devotees and remains one of the most revered deities of the Hindu pantheon. Whether you are in a modern city or a in a rustic rural village, Lord Ganesha’s presence can be seen everywhere. After all, He is the god of beginnings and the remover of obstacles. This is why we invoke his divine blessings when we mark new milestones in our lives – from weddings to the starting of a business venture.
The ten-day festival of Ganesh Chaturthi heralds one of the most important occasions in the Elephant God’s life – his birthday. Among his many origin stories, the one with his mother, Goddess Parvathi is widely accepted. On hearing that Lord Shiva had been freed from the stomach of Gajasura, Goddess Parvathi decided to prepare herself for Shiva’s return to Kailash. Seeing that Nandi was unavailable, she created a boy from the turmeric paste used to cleanse her body and put him in charge of guarding the door.
Lord Shiva returned sooner than expected and on seeing Lord Ganesh at the door, urged him to let him through. Lord Ganesha stoutly refused and this angered Lord Shiva. He decapitated the young boy. When Goddess Parvathi heard this, she was enraged and promised to unleash her wrath if Lord Shiva refused to bring the boy back to life. Shiva, sensing his folly, restored the boy to life and replaced his head with that of an elephant. He also declared that the other Gods pay their obeisance to Lord Ganesha.
From then on, Lord Ganesha has been a revered figure in all realms. As Ganesh Chaturthi approaches and he arrives at your doorstep in all his resplendence, we are called to reflected on his wisdom and his kindness. Even his grand vestments, typically a shimmering yellow, stand for purity, peace, and truthfulness. At Angadi, our every artisan infuses every saree he creates with the same purity and an undying sincerity. This is why our sarees are perfection.
We wish each and every patron, a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!