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Minimalist Ganesha Tattoos Perfect for this Festive Season

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Some people like getting tattoos because they think it’s a cool thing to do. However, some get them done because they believe strongly in something and wish to have a visual representation of this something inscribed permanently on their bodies. It served as a reminder to them through their lives. Many opt for spiritual tattoos, and substitute a loved ones name with the name of the Divine. And why not, for such a tattoo will always remind you to lead a good life and to trust your maker when the times are hard. Since we’re celebrating Ganesha’s return right now, let’s look up some neat Ganesha tattoos you could get done. What better way to show your joy at his return than by getting one of these soon, right?

This cute little tattoo looks delicate and elegant and will look pretty on your wrist, nape of your neck, ankle, below your collarbone or behind your ear. Its minimalistic feel adds an air of mystery and the curvaceous lines infuse grace.

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This shaded tattoo has a stenciled appeal and is perfect for broad, flat areas like on your shoulder blade or even your arm. Its careful detailing looks attractive and gives the image definition.

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This delicate design has feminine appeal. The curved stem of the flower forms a tusk and this along with the eye tells the viewer that there is more to the tattoo than meets the eye.

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Curvy lines are arranged creatively to form an outlined image of Lore Ganesha. Another delicate tattoo, this is perfect for your ankle, finger, nape of your neck and collarbone.

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Why get a ring when a ring tattoo can look so much cooler? This compact piece of art is perfect for your finger and beautifies your hand too. Make sure you go to a good artist though, for it’s important that the design is well-arranged as per the width of your finger.

 

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From Nature, Back to Nature: Ganpati Idols Making A Difference

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi is here and shortly, we’ll be queuing up outside the mandaps of famous Ganpati idols in the city. Apart from offering our prayers, we also love taking a good look at the idol and marveling at the handiwork of the sculptor and painter whose efforts help make the idol look lifelike. However, this year, along with visiting the famous ones, we urge you to take a look at these uniquely-made Ganpatis too. Not only are they as beautiful, they are also doing an important job of protecting the environment against pollution. All these idols are made of biodegradable materials and thus, do no harm to the environment when they are immersed in water bodies. Also, there are some pretty creative ideas behind their making and have hence, earned the right to be known about. Here we go trying to do our bit to spread the word, and hopefully, inspire you to explore these eco-friendly Ganpati options next year.

Holy Saplings!

Dattadri Kothur, the mastermind behind this idol, has come up with a way to not only side-step immersion, but also increase the planet’s tree count. His idols are made up of red soil, fertilizer and plant seeds. On the last day, the idol can be immersed in a pot filled with water. In a few days, one will see plants sprouting from the pot!

The logical indian

 

Image courtesy: The Logical Indian

Oh Fish!

When immersed, these gorgeous looking idols don’t hurt but help feed marine life. Made of clay, these idols are stuffed with fish food, like corn, spinach, wheat and vegetable powder. They are painted with organic materials like turmeric, chandan and gerua. The idols are made by a Mumbai-based NGO called Sprouts Environmental Trust.

the better india

 

Image courtesy: The Better India

Dung it!

Some might get a little queasy while holding these idols because they are made of dung. Yes, you heard right, cow dung it is. Two NGOs in Bengaluru, Go-Go Organisation and Uttishtha Bharat, are fashioning Ganpatis from cow dung. The dung is first dried for three days and is then mixed with cow urine and turmeric. These idols not only dissolve easily in water, they also act as manure for plants, thereby enriching the ecosystem.

In the Name of Chocolate!

To have this Ganpati through all 7 or 11 days, you’re going to need some serious will power. Every year, commercial designer turned baker Rintu Rathod creates chocolate Ganpatis that, when needed to be immersed, can be dipped into a tumbler of milk, thereby turning into a milkshake!

hungry forever

 

Image courtesy: Hungry Forever

For Coconut’s Sake!

Some resourceful women from Sabarkantha mix mud and coconut husks to make easy to dissolve Ganpati idols. First, mud is shaped into the figure of the idol and then, once dry, coconut husk is used to bind the figure.

So, which of these would you like to bring home next year?