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Celebrating Ganesha

An extraordinary Ganesha sculpture from the British Museum is the centrepiece of this fascinating display exploring the imagery and symbolism associated with the elephant-headed Hindu God.

India is a land of Gods and the Hinduism that originated in India is its most prominent religion. Among the many deities worshipped by the Hindus, Lord Ganesha holds pride of place in the hearts of people. The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods. He is known as the creator and remover of obstacles. 

This display revolves around different aspects of Ganesha – stories of his birth, his iconography and legends, his popularity and adaptability in the contemporary world and the Ganesha festival, the Ganesh Chaturth, examining the contemporary and regional resonances of the deity today.

Spotlight Tour

Celebrating Ganesha is a British Museum spotlight tour.