Park in Ireland home to 9 Ganesh statues

Tuesday 13th October 2015 07:31 EDT

Victoria's Way, located near Roundwood, County Wicklow in Ireland, is home to 9 black granite Ganesh statues. The 9-hectare privately owned meditation garden includes a number of small lakes and forested areas. A plaque by the entrance says the park is dedicated to cryptographer Alan Turing. The park is open to the public during the summer months, with an admission fee for adults.

The Ganesh  sculptures range in size from 5ft 6ins to 9ft and weigh between 2 and 5 tonnes. The statues were shipped from India to Ireland at a cost, paid by Victor himself.

Victor was born of German Jewish parents in Berlin in 1940. By the age of 14, he had decided to go to India, keen to become a sadhu and spend his life in the pursuit of enlightenment. Before he had reached 25, Victor reached India. Thereafter, he spent the next 25 years as a wandering monk in India, learning about Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoga, studying the Vedas and Upanishad. He spent some time at Shri Aroubindo Ashram in Pondicherry. He travelled widely through India, spending time at various ashrams, under the tutelage of many gurus. He also travelled to the Far East. During his long stay in India, not only did he came to love the country, but his own devotion to Sri Ganesh, arguably the most beloved of the gods, grew. That gave him the idea of starting a Ganesh Park in Ireland.

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