Sawai Madhavrao Worshipping Ganesha
All Hindu ceremonies commence with an invocation to Ganesha. In Maharashtra, to which area this painting belongs, he is specially worshipped in Hindu month of Bhadrapada coinciding generally with September. Clay images of Ganesha are installed and worshipped for five, seven, ten or eleven days after which they are taken in a procession and immersed in the river or sea.
Sawai Madhavrao (1774 – 1795 AD), Peshwa of the Maratha chief of the Deccan and an ardent Devotee of Ganesha is seen offering worship to his tutelary deity.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Gouache on paper
31.2 x 23 cm