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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ganesh Grows in Queens


The Hindu deity, one man says, has appeared in his back yard, flowering from an amaranth plant.


imageSam Lal, and others, see Lord Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, in this flower head

Photo: Mona Rivera

“I feel the presence of God,” Hansannie Singh, 41, of Queens. New York, told two reporters from the New York Daily News.

She was standing before an amaranth plant in effusive flower. It had volunteered in back of Sam Lal’s house, growing through a crack in cement. Lal, Singh, and now many others see the image of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity of Hinduism, in the amaranth bloom. Its purple flower stalk protrudes on each side, like ears, and flops over into a splendid “trunk.“

Lal, 60, an immigrant from Guyana,  has suffered from chronic neck and back pain. He says that since the amaranth bloomed his ailment “has all but disappeared.”


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Posted by Julie on 10/26 at 06:12 PM
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