Ganesh, one of the most beloved of the Hindu Gods, takes on an exciting new look in snowfilled engraved ice for a wedding held at The India House Banquet Hall. Lord Ganesh is revered as the remover of obstacles, a patron of arts and sciences, and the deva (Sanskrit for deity) of intellect and wisdom. In conjunction with all of these notable titles, He is also particularly known for his sweet tooth! The ice orbs seen on top of the pedestal are representational of the Modaka, a ball shaped sweet that Ganesh is particularly fond of. The left turned trunk form of Ganesh reaching for the Modaka, indicating material goods, shows that Ganesh enjoys and grants access to the fruits of labor in the material world. The Modaka itself indicates the sweetness of the discovery of one's inner self. Another round sweet, called a laddu, is also pertinent to the spheres as they are often prepared at weddings and other festive or religious celebrations. Under the ice sculpture of Ganesh, sits two lotus shaped pedestals which are also another powerful symbol in Hinduism. The lotus represents beauty and non –attachment as the flower grows from the murky river bottom but blooms on the surface of water without ever getting muddy.
Our ice representation of Ganesh shares a fascinating similarity with a ritual practiced on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Hindu festival that celebrates Lord Ganesh's birthday (or rebirth). This practice known as Ganesh Visarjan, involves the immersion of many idols of Ganesh that were created and used during the duration of the festival into lakes, rivers, and the sea. Just as Ganesh's devotees submerge the idols during this special time of the year, this ice sculpture of Ganesh melts and naturally immerses itself in water reminding us of the cycle of creation and dissolution in nature.