Since ancient times, large Ganesha idols have been usually created for the purposes of worship in temples. But in the present times, many materials are being used for making large Ganeshas - wood, silver, marble, sandstone, copper, brass etc. Like in the many paintings and decorative items, a vivid sculptural exploration of Ganesha as a concept is seen in the numerous idols available in many handicraft and home decor stores across the country.
The usage of such large idols is more for decorative purposes rather than for worship. Also, people feel that having Ganesha artefacts at home/workplace not only adds an ethnic Indian touch but also brings in divinity and a sense of blessedness to the space.
There are many people who collect Ganesha statues as a hobby, for luck, for the love of God and also as a salute to him through the endless variety that is available in the various shops.
A few such examples are presented below.