Homemade Ganapati Bappa

Homemade Ganesh for Ganesh Chaturdi
Homemade Ganesh with Clay

I made bala Ganapati with clay today for Vinayaka Chaviti festival tomorrow. The decorations are with kumkum, turmeric and rice powder. Eyes are whole urad dal (minapa pappu) and the laddu is dotted with skinless, split mustard seeds. It’s a simple vigraham, still looks divine to my eyes.

Vinayaka Chavithi shubhakamnaye! May Bhagavan Ganesha bless us all with peace, happiness and health!

Homemade Ganesh
Bala Ganesha with Kumkum and Pasupu Decorations

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Mahanandi Readers’ Ganesha

Sachin Ganesha
Sachin and Family’s Clay Ganesha

Vaijayanthi Ganesha
Vaijayanthi & Arvind Family’s Play-doh Ganesha

Rashmi Ganesha
Rashmi and Family’s Clay Ganesha

Rashmi Ganesha
Vinayaka Chaviti Celebrations at Rashmi’s Home From UAE

Narayan Swamy Ganesha
Narayan Swamy and Family’s Clay Ganesha

Sireesha Ganesha
Sireesha and Family’s Play-doh Ganesha

Chaitanya Ganesha
Chaitanya and Family’s Rice Flour and Sugar Ganesha

Thank you Sachin, Vaijayanthi, Rashmi, Narayan Swamy, Sireesha and Chaitanya for sharing your Ganesha with us.


  • By Sanjeeta kk, September 10, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    Very creative Indira! Looks divine.

  • By notyet100, September 10, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    wish u and ur family happy ganesha chaturthi,..Ganesha looks too cute

  • By Gayathri, September 10, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    Wow Indira! Your Ganesh looks divine, reminds me of my trips with my dad early in the morning on Ganesh Chathurthi to the market to get a fresh clay Ganesh for pooja. Can you please publish the steps to create this lovely vigraham?

  • By preeti, September 10, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    Indira, I wonder what you will NOT do! Growing your own veggies, preparing your own pickles and now making your own vinayakudu :) And for the detail, putting all the skinned mustard seeds on the laddu!

    It might be a bit late (not sure) but now I am thinking of making one myself :)

  • By Sailaja, September 10, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Thats so nice. Ganesha looks great!!!
    Go Green Ganesha!
    Will you keep it or take it to a lake?

  • By mahes, September 10, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Wow, so creative and beautiful. Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi!!!

  • By Tanvi, September 10, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Wow, thats so beautiful. How creative of you.

  • By gayatri, September 10, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    Looks great!! I bought clay and did the same thing. My kiddos decorated it.

    There is a step by step procedure in today’s eenadu, Vasundara section if anyone interested

  • By vijaya, September 10, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    Indira garu,

    how creative u r OMG, really u r Ganesh is looking gr8. May all his blesses on your family.


    best rgds,

  • By Jaya, September 10, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Wish you and your family very happy Ganesh Chaturthi..And that is one lovely creation Dear Indira.I showed this to my 6 year old daughter ,and my daughter is very impressed with this and now she says she also wants to make it :-) ..
    hugs and smiles

  • By Sudha, September 10, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    Very creative and beautiful vinayakudu. Wish you and your family a very happy Vinayaka Chavithi.

  • By kalva, September 10, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    wow lovely Ganesha so cute… here are my Ganeshas i made over the past vinayaka chavithis. http://curryinkadai.blogspot.com/2010/09/paalakayalu-on-vinayaka-chavithi-spicy.html

  • By kalva, September 10, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    wow lovely Ganesha so cute… Happy Vinayaka Chavithi to you and your family Indira!! here are my Ganeshas i made over the past vinayaka chavithis. http://curryinkadai.blogspot.com/2010/09/paalakayalu-on-vinayaka-chavithi-spicy.html

  • By Sonia, September 10, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    Truly divine creation of you, Indira! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family dear. :)

  • By Radhika, September 10, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    Happy Ganesha Chavithi Indira.

  • By vani, September 10, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Happy Ganesha Chaturti to you and your family. Truly a divine creation by you… where did u buy the clay from ?let me know…

  • By hema, September 10, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    bujji vinayakudu chala cute ga vunnadu indira garu

    Happy Vinayakachavithi to your family and wish you all goodnesss and happiness

  • By soumya, September 10, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    Very Beautiful Indira. Loves to vist you blog again and again….for such surprises.

  • By Rakshitha, September 10, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Loved the Ganesha… very cute.

  • By Gauri Gharpure, September 10, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

    one of the cuter idols i have seen recently:)

  • By Hari Chandana, September 11, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    Looks lovely and divine.. Happy Ganesh Chaturdhi to u too.. :)

  • By Priya Srinivasan, September 11, 2010 @ 3:27 am

    Wow!!! Ganesha Looks Beautiful!!!! Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!!!

  • By Mridula, September 11, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    Happy Vinakaya Chaturthi to you and your family! I really liked your Bujji Vinaykuddu !!

    I had chanced upon your blog over 4 years and have been following you since.. although this is the first time I have ever commented. I just want to thank you for all your articles and pictures .. you’ve made many a day for me !

  • By Mamatha, September 11, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    Beautiful! Happy Ganesh Chathurti to you nad your family Indira.

  • By Sirisha, September 11, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    So, So CUTE!

  • By Usha, September 11, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    Indira, Happy Vinayak Chaturthi. I always hop on your blog but today your beautiful hand made Ganesh murti made me sign and express my compliments.

    You have precisely caught those childish look on his face..he truly appears Bala Ganesh…transformation from plain murti to next version with Kumkum looks amazing.

    Now waiting to see Bala Ganesha after Pooja..how he looked surrounded with flowers and sweets?

  • By Indira, September 11, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Thank you friends for your appreciative notes. May bala Ganesha be with you every step of the way in this life journey. Vinayaka Chavithi Shubhakankshalu!

  • By anitha, September 11, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful Ganesha’s photo Indira! This was a great learning experience and this was a good saturday morning craft project which we did with our 6 year old! Thank you!

  • By Kay, September 11, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    Awwww! y ouare so creative… kutti pillaiyar looks so divine!!

  • By Diane, September 12, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    Beautiful! You are so creative. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you!

  • By PreeOccupied, September 12, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    So creative! Love your clay Ganapati. I once made Ganeshki with PoP, and it disintegrated once it dried up. Then put the pieces together with quick glue.

  • By kusum, September 13, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    BalGanesha muddu muddu ga vunnadu.I am against to colors one which is available in market. So I did pooja with a simple photo only. Can u pls tell when I get clay,which clay is good, and step by step how to make this. I will do the same every year. Environmental friendly, I really appreciate yours. God bless you and your family always.

  • By Ashwini, September 13, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    Hi Indira,
    Could you pl tell me where to get the clay and does it crack after drying?
    thinking of making one


  • By Anu Menon, September 14, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

    Ohhh… I love the ganapatis :)
    We made one too for the first time evaaaa… :)

    Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi

  • By Narayan, September 15, 2010 @ 3:31 am

    Very very nice – and although it is not difficult to buy Ganpatis in Mumbai (where I live), i had been regularly making the Ganeshas out of different materials – usually clay , though 2 years ago, i used old newspaper mache to create them. I could not make one this year since i was travelling on the days prior to Ganesh Chaturthi – but I will share with you pics of 2 Ganesha’s i made – both of clay – one was coloured white with maida.


  • By Madhavi, September 15, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    Cute Bojja Ganapayya Indira garu.

  • By Sireesha, September 17, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    Thanks Indira for posting my Ganapathi picture.All idols look so divine.

  • By Rita, September 21, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all at Mahanandi. Enviornmentally friendly Ganpati, very nice initiative Indira.

  • By Katie, September 21, 2010 @ 7:09 pm


    Here is the one I made;


    We also have an Indira, she is 4 years old.


  • By Pushpa, September 22, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    You are a great inspiration to me Indira garu. Ganapati Bappa looks so cute and adorable.

  • By Madhavi Vijai, September 28, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Awesome, Indra!!!
    Beautiful Ganesha Idol….:)
    Bappa would be more than pleased with the spread…

  • By Narayan, September 29, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Hi Indira – the Ganesha Festival has come and passed on – we had the visarjanams of the Mumbai ganeshas last week; and from my sea facing flat, i could see the hordes of devotees immerse them in the Arabian Sea (some even used the tiny fisherfolk boats to ferry their Ganesha deeper into the sea).

    Havent’s een any new posts recently, looking forward to some Bhakshanam updates.


  • By Savithri, October 5, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    The clay Ganapatis look wonderful! Hope you had a lovely celebration.

  • By bhuvana, September 2, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I saw ur ganapathy and made mine with playdough, it came out good. thanks for inspiration.

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