Festival greetings to all.
Tomorrow millions of Hindus around the world will welcome into their homes the most beloved Ganesha: embodiment of intellect and wisdom, repository of the Arts & Sciences, musician extraordinaire, (vegetarian) gourmand nonpareil, and an overall great guy to have around.
Verse from Gaṅeśabhujaṅga, a hymn attributed to Adi Shankaracharya, ca. 7th CE.
ॐ ॥श्री महागणपतये नमः ॥
रणत्क्षुद्रघण्टानिनादाभिरामं चलत्ताण्डवोद्दण्डवत्पद्मतालं ।
लसत्तुन्दिलाङ्गोपरिव्यालहारं गणादीशमीशानसूनुं तमीडे ॥
He is pleased by the tinkling of small bells and
a lotus in His hand, with its stalk upright, moves –
keeping time to His playful dance;
A glistening snake as a garland
His sloping belly;
the Lord of the gaṅās, the Son of Śiva,
Him, I praise!
I photographed this alcove in one of the bylanes of Varanasi in 2007.