Ganesha on the Susquehanna

Ganesha on the Susquehanna

Two Wednesday’s ago while taking my lunchtime stroll along the banks of the Susquehanna I came across this small statue. It is of the Hindu deity Ganesha.

From Wikipedia:

Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies.

I had no idea what this statue was before researching it this evening for this post and now I am sitting here pondering this encounter.

Just one day prior, on Tuesday, we had our camera club kick off meeting.  Photographer Catherine Jansen spoke and displayed her images from India. Her presentation was very moving. Catherine is a very spiritual person. She hoped that her talk would inspire our creativity and help us move forward with our artistic efforts. I didn’t think much about it but I got a hug from her at the end of the night. My thought was that she was being grateful for putting the presentation together and setting up the a/v equipment. Then on the very next day I find myself face to face with this little statue. There was no one else present on the walkway. It was uncanny.

Now I am waiting to hear the results of a call for entry for the 2nd Annual Olympus InVision Pennsylvania Photographers Juried Exhibition. The selections are due this coming Monday or Tuesday. I can only wonder if this chance meeting with Ganesha the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences foreshadows the selection of my photographs for this exhibit.

I’ve written before about my daily lunchtime strolls along the banks of the Susquehanna; here Dead Things Part 1  and here Dead Things Part 2 . Everyday that I make this walk there is something new.

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