Hollywood diva gets Hindu Lord Ganesh tattoo

Updated: Dec 29, 2010, 16:19 PM IST

Nevada: Brandy Norwood, one of the best-selling female artists in American music history, reportedly gets a new tattoo of Hindu deity Ganesh and is proud of it.

The reports suggest that California tattoo artist Peter Koskela inked elephant-headed Hindu Lord Ganesh on Image Award winner Norwood’s (Moesha) left wrist.

According to her tweets, Norwood knew that it was the image of Ganesh, the “Remover of all obstacles” but mistook him for an “Egyptian god”. On being pointed out by her Twitter followers, she quickly corrected her error and wrote: Ganesh is actually a Hindu deity, not Egyptian :) the tattoo is gorgeous!”

Welcoming Norwood’s interest in Lord Ganesh, well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged her to go beyond the fashion statement and explore the rich philosophical thought which Hinduism offered. Zed volunteered to gladly provide the Hinduism resources helpful in her exploration and comprehensive understanding of Hinduism.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Hollywood celebrities needed to have more patience and go beyond the superficial because Hinduism concepts evolved over thousands of years and needed deep study. He urged Norwood to visit a nearby Hindu temple to have firsthand experience of Hinduism.

Brandy Rayana Norwood, 31, singer-songwriter-actress-dancer-film producer-etc., has reportedly sold over 30 million records worldwide and won over 100 awards as recording artist. Raised in a Christian home, Norwood started singing as part of the local church choir, performing her first gospel solo when she was two.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Tattoos go back in history to at least since Neolithic times.