Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated at RAMM
18 September 2018
Exeter’s Hindu Cultural Centre members and guests started their Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with a beautiful ceremony in RAMM’s World Cultures Gallery.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Ganesh. Ganesh is one of the best-known and most worshipped Hindu deities. With his elephant head, he is also one of the most recognisable.
The celebrations centred on a marble statue of Ganesh, given to the museum in 1912 by a British judge. The celebrations reflect the deepening relationship between RAMM and the Hindu community. During the 2013 Telling Our Stories project, RAMM was challenged to examine its colonial heritage and include different perspectives on an equal footing.
The Hindu Cultural Centre has advised how to how best to display Ganesh. The statue is now at an appropriate height. The Centre has also adorned Ganesh with a garland and provided a hand-hemmed cloth for his plinth. A copy of the Bhagavad Gita now sits beside him.
Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre
President of the Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre, Prem Sivlal, is delighted with the new collaboration: “It is a very positive step for the Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre and the wider Exeter Community knowing that a statue of Lord Ganesh, who is loved and worshipped around the world, is present within the museum. We are grateful to RAMM for providing the opportunity for us to celebrate this important festival in the museum and look forward to working closer together”.