Jan 2, 2016


Here is my favorite Kerala Mural

of Lord Ganapathi....

I present this mural 

along with Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar's

Sanskrit verse on the Lord...

along with it's meaning in English....

Maha Ganapathim Manasa  

Ragam: Nattai
Talam: Aadhi
Parent Ragam: Chalanattai (36th melakartha)
Aa: S R3 G3 M1 P D3 N3 S
Av: S N3 P M1 R3 S
Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshitar
Language: Sanskrit


mahaa gaNapatim manasaa smaraami | 
mahaa gaNapatim 
vasishTa vaama dEvAdi vandita || 


mahaa dEva sutam guruguha nutam | 
maara kOTi prakaasham shaantam || 
mahaa kaavya naaTakaadi priyam 
mooshika vaahanaa mOdhaka priyam || 

Core meaning: 

Mahaganapathy! My namaskarams to you. I meditate on You, the Great God Ganapathy. You are the one who is worshipped by great sages such as Vashishta and Vamadeva. You are the son of the Great Lord Shiva. You are always adored by 'Guruguha', Lord Skanda. You have a beauty and shine with the brilliance of a thousand 'manmadhas' -  Cuipds. You are the embodment of peace and tranquility. You love great poetry and drama. You have as the vehicle, as a mount,  a small mouse. You love the modhakas, a variety of sweet made of rice and coconut.  I bow to thee. My lord, Maha Ganapathy.

The stories here : 

Mahadevasutham : He is the son of the Great Lord Shiva. How Ganesha was born as the son of Shiva is an interesting story in itself. For the complete story, check out : The Birth of Ganesha : Story

Mahakavya Natakathipriyam: Lord Ganesha is the one who wrote Mahabharatha. This is an interesting story. Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharatha, needed someone who could write as fast as he could recite the slokas of Mahabharatha. He chose Ganapathy as the right person who could do it. Lord Ganesha agreed with one single condition : Vyasa should tell it as fast as he could write it! Vyasa also agreed and put a condition back : Ganesha should write the slokas only after understanding the meaning of the sloka. Ganesha agreed. Vyasa told it real fast and in between slokas, describing the slokas, he would put in one sloka which could have very subtle meaning. This, Ganesha had to decipher and it took slightly more time. This gave Vyasa a little more time to compose the next set of verses and be ready to dictate. Refer this for a little More on Vyasa 

Vyasa is revered for his contributions. He is seen as Lord Vishnu himself. The Vishnu sahasranamam says :

"Vyasaya Vishnu Roopaya,
  Vyasa Roopaya Vishnave"

It is no wonder that for Lord Ganesha accepted such a person's request.

Lord Ganapathy broke one of his tusks to be used as the pen. Elephants love their tusks. The tusk is the pride of any elephant. And yet, Lord Ganesha sacrificed it to be used as the pen to write the great epic. That shows how much love he had for the poetry and dramas. He used the great Mountain of Meru (Himachala) itself as the writing pad.

He uses Mooshika - the mouse as his vehicle. The mouse stands for ignorance and greed. It tries to nibble away at almost everything that it sees. When you pray MahaGanapathy, you will become the master of ignorance and greed as much as Lord Ganesha himself is.

(Verse courtesy-Internet)

Jun 22, 2015


Here is my 3-D mural of Lord Balaji/Venkatachalapathi,Sreenivasa...

The base is wood and I have used uncut stones

(Tanjore painting stones) to embellish the crown,jewels etc.

 and add to its richness...

Jun 16, 2015


Here are a couple of fancy candles (moulded wax candles) made by me...

Jan 9, 2015


Here is a simple yet strikingly attractive thread work done by me ....

Anyone who sees it for the first time will think it is a piece of simple embroidery.


This is a simple thread work which is done without a stitch!

I drew the outline of the design on a felt cloth fixed on a hardboard...

Took a few skeins of embroidery thread ...cut the thread into pieces of desired sizes to fill up the designs...and the pieces were neatly stuck to fill up the design with fabric glue...

What you need to master this work is just loads of patience...

Jan 2, 2015


Here is a strikingly simple yet vibrantly eye catching batik painting...

The farmer tilling his land with the bullocks and wooden plough...

The lady nursing the baby...

The plaintain trees and the thatched hut...

All add to the charm of the theme...

Dec 22, 2014


To grow a bonsai tree takes years and years of painstaking ,patient work....

This Handmade Bonsai is an imitation of the real one...

And it just takes a few hours' of imaginative,creative effort....

You need....

  •  Pliable steel wire bits
  • Tissue paper
  • Flower making wire with green gum tape wrapped on them
  • Glue
  • Plaster of paris
  • Acrylic paints in brown and yellow ocher shades
  • Flower making wires wrapped with green colored gum tape.
  • A suitable base/holder (I used anartistically shaped  coconut shell which was sold in an exhibition for just Rs.5)
  • Thread


  • Cut steel wires into 3 -4 inch bits to shape the branches.
  • Cut a few longer bits to shape the trunk of the tree.
  • Cut the green wires into 1 1/2 to2 inch bits. Tie 8-10 bits aroun the tip of a steel wire 
  • Wrap tissue paper soaked in diluted glue around the wires  and shape the branches.
  • Run a thread around each bit and fasten it well.
  • Similarly use more tissue papers and make a thicker trunk.
  • Let them dry for a day.
  • Bend them to your desired shapes.
  • Shape the green wires to resemble some spiky tree leaves.
  • Arrange the branches on the trunk and secure them with thread and glue.
  • Mix the Plaster of paris with enough water .
  • Pour some into the base and set the trunk in it .Let the Plaster of Paris harden well.
  • Mix more plaster of paris and  apply it on the trunk ,base and branches roughly so it resembles a tree.
  • Let it dry well.
  • Paint it with acrylic colors .

The Bonsai is ready for display!

Dec 20, 2014


Here is a simple Batik painting done by me...

Batiks are done on cotton or silk clothes...

I am giving the basic procedure for doing a batik painting ...

Plain white cotton cloth is washed well and destarched.

On that fabric ,the basic design is roughly sketched...

Paraffin wax and bees wax is mixed in the proportion 2:1 nd dissolved on medium heat.The hot wax is painted on the design and then dyed in yellow.(Napthol dyes)

The cloth is then dried and the areas that has to be yellow is coated with  wax and now dyed in maroon.

The cloth is now dried and the areas to be preserved as maroon is waxed 

Lightly crush the fabric so that it develops cracks .

Now,Dye it in the final color-Navy Blue.
Dry well.

Dewax the cloth by dipping it in boiling water to melt away the wax  and iron it between sheets of newspaper to clean the wax stains completey.

The technique used in Batik is called wax resistant technique.

Sep 23, 2014


Here is another of my favorite Ganesha

crafted in Tanjore style...

I wish to share this painting of The Lord

with the lyrics and meaning of one of my

favorite songs on Him

Vatapi ganapatim bhaje .....



vātāpi gaṇapatiṃ bhajē'ham
vāraṇāsyaṃ varapradaṃ śrī

I pray to Lord Ganapathi Who hails from Vatapi;
He Who has an elephant face, and showers His devotees with boons.

I pray to Lord Ganapathi Who hails from Vatapi;
He Who has an elephant face, and showers His devotees with boons.


(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
vītarāgiṇaṃ vinata1-yōginam
viśwakāraṇaṃ vighnavāraṇam

The ghosts and demons who accompany Shiva worship His feet, and surrender themselves to Him.
He pervades the world of the Five Elements.

He is beyond desires, and is glorified by all the yogis.
He causes creation, and destroys all obstacles/sadness

purā kumbha-sambhava-munivara
prapūjitaṃ trikōṇa-madhyagatam

He Who is worshipped by the Sage Agastya;
He Who resides in the center of the mystic triangle;
One worshipped by Lord Vishnu and other important Gods
One Who is present as an important deity in all places.

(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
kaluṣa-vidūraṃ bhūtākāram
haṃsadhwani bhūṣita hērambam

n His lotus-like hands, a noose, a goad and fruits.
He drives away all evil and has a gigantic form.
His form is adored by Hara, Guruguha and others.
He Who is the Lord Heramba decorated by the Raga Hamsadhwani.

(Lyrics and meanings courtesy-Internet)

Sep 5, 2014


Hers is my Madhubani Painting 

of Lord Krishna playing 

His magical flute in the gardens

of the the Brindavan...

on the banks of 

the swirling Yamuna river....

Aug 25, 2014


May Lord Ganesha -The destroyer of obstacles

shower His blessings and grace on all our ventures...

With Ganesha Chathurthi round the corner,

I am sharing some Slokas on Lord Ganesha

 along with their meanings....

Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum
Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet
Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye
Meaning: We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading (present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor), who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness) and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).

Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva
Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning:The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the luster of a million suns, I pray to thee Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.

Agajaanana Padmaarkam
Gajaananam Aharnisham
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam
Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning:I worship day and night that elephant faced Lord Ganesha who is like sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give e a boon.

Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam
Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam
Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam
Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning: The Lord with the elephant face, served by all the Ganas, One who takes as His food, the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala (these are two favorite fruits of Ganesh), son of Uma (Mother Parvati), destroyer of misery of the devotees, controller of obstacles, we worship Your Lotus Feet.

Ganaanaam Twam Ganapathi Gam Havaamahe
Kavim Kaveenaam Upamasra Vastamam
Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaam Brahmanaspatha
Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam
Meaning: We invite You, the Lord of spiritual faith (of Lord Shiva). You are the wisest among the wise, the best to be given as a standard of comparison. You are the senior Lord, Lord of the Vedic manthras, listening to our prayers. Please visit our home with prosperous things and be seated here.

Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaaya Dheemahe
Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning: We meditate on that super power, we invoke the single tusked boon giver, Ganesh.

  1. Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
    Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
    Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
    Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.
    Meaning: I prostrate before Lord Vinaayaka who joyously holds modaka in His hand, who bestows salvation, who wears the moon as a crown in His head, who is the sole leader of those who lose themselves in the world. The leader of the leaderless who destroyed the elephant demon called Gajaasura and who quickly destroys the sins of those who bow down to Him, I worship such a Lord Ganesh.
  2. Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
    Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
    Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
    Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.
    Meaning: I meditate eternally on Him, the Lord of the Ganas, who is frightening to those not devoted, who shines like the morning sun, to whom all the Gods and demons bow, who removes the great distress of His devotees and who is the best among the best.
  3. Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
    Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
    Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
    Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.
    Meaning: I bow down with my whole mind to the shining Ganapati who brings happiness to all the worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, who gives mercy, forgiveness and happiness to those who bow to Him and who bestows fame and a well disposed mind.
  4. Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
    Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
    Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
    Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.

    Meaning: I worship the ancient elephant God who destroys the pains of the poor, who is the abode of Aum, who is the first son of Lord Shiva (Shiva who is the destroyer of triple cities), who destroys the pride of the enemies of the Gods, who is frightening to look at during the time of world's destruction, who is fierce like an elephant in rut and who wears Dhananjaya and other serpents as his ornaments.
  5. Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
    Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
    Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
    Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.
    Meaning: I constantly reflect upon that single tusked God only, whose lustrous tusk is very beautiful, who is the son of Lord Shiva, (Shiva, the God of destruction), whose form is immortal and unknowable, who tears asunder all obstacles, and who dwells forever in the hearts of the Yogis.
  6. Mahaaganesa Pancharatnam Aadarena Yonvaham
    Prajapati Prabhaatake Hrudi Smaran Ganesvaram
    Arogatham Adoshataam Susaahitim Suputrataam
    Samaahitaayu Rastabhootim Abhyupaiti Sochiraat.
    Meaning: He who recites this every morning with devotion, these five gems about Lord Ganapati and who remembers in his heart the great Ganesha, will soon be endowed with a healthy life free of all blemishes, will attain learning, noble sons, a long life that is calm and pleasant and will be endowed with spiritual and material prosperity.

  1. Pranamya Shirasa Devam
    Gauriputram Vinaayakam
    Bhakataavaasam Smare Nityam
    Aayuh Kaamartha Siddhaye
    Meaning:Every day, I bow down to that Lord, the son of Gowri, the Lord one who lives in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.
  2. Prathamam Vakratundam Cha
    Ekadantam Dviteeyakam
    Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham
    Gajavaktram Chaturthakam
    Meaning: Starting from here the twelve names of Ganesha are mentioned and he is worshipped in those different forms. The first as the Lord with the curved trunk; second, as the one with only one tusk, third, as the one with black (red/brown) eyes, fourth, as the one with giant structure.
  3. Lambodaram Panchamaam Cha
    Shashtam Vikatameva Cha
    Saptamam Vighnaraajendram
    Dhoomravarnam Tathaashtamam
    Meaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach, six, as the one with a huge body Seven, as the remover of obstacles, eight, as the one with smoke gray color
  4. Navamam Phaalachandram Cha
    Dasamam Tu Vinaayakam
    Ekaadasam Ganapatim
    Dvaadasam Tu Gajaananam
    Meaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head, tenth, as the foremost leader, eleventh, as the leader of the ganas, twelfth as the one with elephant face.
  5. Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani
    Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah
    Na Cha Vighna Bhayam Tasya
    Sarva Siddhikaram Prabho
    Meaning: Any person, who remembers these twelve names of Ganesha, three times in a day, will have all their obstacles and fear removed and will attain success. (This group of verses is said to be sage Narada's offering to Lord Ganesh.)

  1. Sumukhascha Ekadanthascha
    Kapilo Gajakarnakaha
    Lambodarascha Vikato
    Vighnaraajo Ganaadhipaa
    Meaning: The various names and associated forms of God Ganesha are enumerated and need to be meditated upon here - the one with an auspicious face, the single tusked Lord, the one who is of red color, the one with the ears of an elephant, the one with a big stomach, the one with a jovial disposition, the controller of obstacles, the Lord of the Ganas.
  2. Dhoomaketur Ganaadhyashah
    Phaalachandro Gajaanana
    Vakratundo Shoorpakarno
    Heyrambho Skandapoorvajaha
    Meaning:The one of smoke gray color, the leader of the ganas, the one who has moon in the front of his forehead, the elephant faced one, the one with a curved trunk (or broken tusk), the one with big (basket like) ears, the one who is heroic like a buffalo, the elder brother of Skanda (Skanda is another name for Lord Subrahmanya)
  3. Shodashaitaani Namaani
    Yah Pateth Srunuyaadapi
    Vidyaarambhe Vivahe Cha
    Praveshey Nirgamey Tatah
    Sangraamey Sarva Kaaryeshu
    Vighnas Tasya Na Jaayathe

    Abheepsitaartha Siddhyartham
    Poojitoya Surairapi
    Sarva Vighna Chhido Tasmai
    Sree Ganaadhipataye Namaha
    Meaning:Whoever the one who recites and listens to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all their obstacles will be removed. Even the Gods worship Lord Ganesha to receive the fulfillment of their actions. Oh Lord Ganesh, the One who has this power of destroying all the obstacles in the way of the devotees, I prostrate before you.