Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Sawai Madhavrao Worshipping Ganesha

Gouache on paper
Deccani, Satara
Dated 1854 AD
31.2 x 23 cm
27.8
Object of the Month - September 2015

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.