Ganesha is believed to bestow success and abundance through his control and removal of obstacles. Before beginning a task, often an offering is made to Ganesha.
Wondering if there was a Hindu holiday that could have coincided with the offering, or if this was standard practice, I consulted with one of the original co -founders of the Mind Body Spirit Marketplace, DharmaKarmaArts, who is Hindu and also from India.
Her reaction - "It is customary to make an offering to a deity, flowers or fruits or a freshly prepared food item. If none of these items are available, then cash or coins is the next best thing. Offerings are made usually to consecrated images, not usually to a museum exhibits though."
Maybe someone didn't thoroughly understand the tradition, or maybe this was the only statue of Ganesha available to them at the time - or, maybe someone just REALLY needed an obstacle removed fast! Whatever the case may be, I wish them much success!
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