New York’s famed Rubin Museum celebrating Lord Ganesh in September

Prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) is celebrating Lord Ganesh during September in view of Ganesh-Chaturthi falling this month.

It has invited families to sculpt clay Ganesh, hear Ganesh stories, make flower garlands and sweets for Ganesh and join in a procession around the Museum.

Its “Visions of the Cosmos” exhibition, which ended May 10, reportedly exhibited various Hindu artworks, including “The Churning of the Ocean”.

Applauding Rubin Museum for celebrating Lord Ganesh and exhibiting Hindu focused art, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

RMA is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. It has over 2,000 works of art including Himalayan paintings, sculpture, textiles, ritual objects, and prints, starting from second century, and draws over 100,000 visitors a year. Donald Rubin is the CEO.

Ganesh-Chaturthi, celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesh, falls on September 11 this year. One of most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism, elephant headed (with a broken tusk) and human bodied Lord Ganesh is regarded as god of wisdom and good luck, patron of learning and remover of obstacles, and invoked at the commencement of all undertakings. He is said to have equivalents in Buddhism and Jainism also. Business people and students present their books to Lord Ganesh to ensure good fortune. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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