September 17, 2012

Vaidehi Ashram - Ganesh making workshop


“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”  ~ Mark Twain

Yesterday was one of most beautiful days of my life. A day filled with loads of joy, warmth and happy little smiles all around. For the occasion of Vinayaka Chaturdhi, folks from Roshini, an NGO based out of Hyderabad conducted a clay ganesh making workshop for Vaidehi Ashram girls. The excitement on their faces is something I will remember and cherish for years to come and am so happy to be a part of it.

Below are some pictures taken during the workshop to share with you all. They put up the best ones for sale and we got some home which made our festival extra special this year. :-)

an idol made by one of the girls. Isn't our Lord Ganesha beautiful.

the group!

my little sister helping out the girls during the workshop.

whosoever needs some mud, ask me! ;-)

Samatha making an idol with her tiny hands.

A humble request to one and all - Try to get a clay/mud idol this time around. It is eco friendly and revives our age-old tradition of using murtis made of only natural clay. This is the least we could do to share our precious environment!

Now, wondering what's the special recipe for our little Ganesha this year. - Here is a sneak peak, recipe will be posted tomorrow morning.

Recipe ideas for Ganesh Chaturthi -

Sojjappalu | Kesari Stuffed Poori | Sojja Poorilu 
Nagori Poori with Paneer Korma 
Paneer Jalfrezi with Home-made Coconut Milk Fried Rice
Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan, demystified
Carrot Halwa 
Sooji Halwa
2-minute Pineapple Dessert
Preparation for Vinayaka Chavithi/Chaturthi
Neivedyam for Ganesha - Undrallu, Garelu, Payasam

until next time,


  1. It is a wonderful post Siri. heartwarming to see the glee on those faces.
    Hey your sukhiyan has grown a trunk too....looks like a Ganesha!

  2. all ur pics of the vaidehi ashram brings a smile :) i guess iam tempted enough to make my own ganesha!

  3. wonderful post Siri... So good to see all the beautiful models made by these kids.. So nice

  4. That is so beautiful Siri. I wish I could be a part of such events. I can only imagine, the fun and the satisfaction one can feel after participating in such good act!

  5. Such lovely pictures. The joy is so evident on their faces. And Ganesha in the first picture is almost alive! And yes, we have been using clay idols for a very long time. I hate the thought of polluting our waters with the colours and steel and plaster.

  6. Loved this post (like all the ones where you write about Vaidehi Ashram). The Ganesha at the top looks just so playful and festive with that red scarf.


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