Sukanya launches Ganesha at Siddhivinayak temple

Mumbai, Jan 22 | Updated: Jan 23 2007, 05:48am hrs
Noted Marathi actress Sukanya Kulkarni and the Editor of Loksatta Kumar Ketkar launched the annual magazine Ganesha, an initiative by the Indian Express Group, at the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi on Monday. The magazine was launched on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Jayanti. Speaking at the occasion, Kulkarni said that launching the magazine on such an auspicious day will bring good luck for the magazine. She added that Ganesha had covered all possible aspects of the elephant-headed God and was also written in a simple language.

Its a good thing that this magazine is in English. We may speak Marathi at home, but we send our children to English medium schools. Since this magazine is in English, it will be read by the younger generation as well, pointed out Kulkarni.

The annual magazine was launched by the Indian Express Group for the first time in 2002. The theme of this years magazine centres around Lord Ganeshas favourite flower jaswand (the hibiscus). The hundred-page magazine delves into the mythology of Ganesha, focuses on his temples across the world, lists the many Ganeshamantras and also narrates the history of the asthavinayak and the symbolism attached to the various parts of his body.

We wanted to create an image of Lord Ganesha in the magazine. To have a semblance of his presence, we selected motifs which represent him, said Bappa, art director of the Indian Express design team, which worked for one-and-a-half months to decide the layout of the magazine. The hard work seems to have paid off, as Kulkarni voiced her appreciation about the look of the magazine. It looks very glamourous, colourful and the printing quality is impressive, she said. The magazine is available at the Siddhivinayak temple and in book stalls across the city.