fbpx
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ganesha blesses Adelaide Zoo

Reading Time: 2 minutes

There’s a new elephant (God) in town!

Ganesha at Adelaide Zoo.Indian Link
It might be very normal to see an elephant at the zoo, but a statue of an elephant headed Hindu God to be found at a zoo in Adelaide was very unusual.
When Munish Sarda visited Adelaide Zoo last year, he found this statue sitting next to the old elephant enclosure.
“I was devastated seeing Lord Ganesha in that condition,” he told Indian Link.
Ganesha at Adelaide Zoo.Indian Link
Mr Sarda then contacted various Hindu communities in Adelaide to ensure that the Lord would receive due respect.  Finally, this Ganesh Chaturthi, the statue was provided with due honour along with a special makeshift temple at Adelaide Zoo, in a ceremony with full Hindu rituals.
Chirag Trivedi of the Hindu Social and Welfare Council of SA took it upon his shoulders to connect with the archaeology department.
“When I approached the archaeology Department of Flinders University of South Australia, I was surprised at the findings,” he said. “The idol that was left neglected was a contemporary Balinese copy of Javanese ingasari / Majapahit period, probably of a well-known 13th century Javanese Boro Ganesa statute in Blitar, East Java. It was a serious matter now, not just about faith and religion, but also about history,” Trivedi continued.

Ganesha at Adelaide Zoo.Indian Link
Image: Gagan Sharma

Gagan Sharma, President of the Hindu Society of Australia took this up with Zoo authorities and local government ministers.
“We had no idea that this idol is so important to Hindus. We have no idea how it came here. I have been working at this zoo for over 35 years and it (the idol of Lord Ganesha) could be around 40-50 years old,” said Jeff Lugg, General Manager, Operations, Adelaide Zoo.
Ganesha at Adelaide Zoo.Indian Link
“We appreciate the support from the Adelaide Zoo authorities,” said Nihal Agar, President of the Hindu Council of Australia, who flew to Adelaide from Sydney especially to attend this ceremony.  “We are performing some Hindu rituals to celebrate the occasion of the Lord’s birth anniversary that happens to be on 17 September, according to the English calendar. We need the support of the community now to show our affection towards Lord Ganesha.”
So if you are in Adelaide and take a trip to the zoo, make sure to go and get a blessing from the auspicious Ganesha of Adelaide Zoo.

- Advertisement -
Previous articleParty animals
Next articleAn Indian GST

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

0
To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

0
  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

Dr anand naidoo OAM and family

Australia Day Awards 2021: Dr Anand Naidoo OAM

0
  "I am pleased and honoured," Dr Anand Naidoo of Coffs Harbour NSW told Indian Link, about his Australia Day felicitation this year. He added laughingly,...

Australia Day Awards 2021: The late Dr Amarjit Singh More, OAM

0
  As a proud Sikh and a proud Australian, Dr Amarjit Singh More was deeply passionate about both identities, serving both communities with unwavering commitment. "Our...

President hails farmers, scientists and soldiers in Republic Day speech

0
  On the eve of Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind said justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity, outlined in the Preamble of the Constitution, are...
aboriginal flag

Indigenous Australians, living without conciliation

0
  I am a citizen of Australia and yet I am not a citizen of the nation I reside in within Australia. This anomaly affects...

The night we fled our home in Kashmir

0
  “26 January is coming up, memsaab,” the milkman I had known for years said to me. “Maybe you should put up a black flag...