The potters craft dates back to antiquity in India, as excavations of pottery in Mohenjodaro(2500 B.C) Show. In the Indian sub-continent, terracotta is the epitome of Indian religious expression conveyed through day.
Terracotta is mainly used for religious purposes such as votive offerings to the numerous gods in the Hindu Pantheon. Hence, each region has a distinct design, content and body.
Deities such as Ganesh for Ganesh Chaturthi of Durga for Navratri, elaborately molded and worshiped during these celebrations are the finest examples of clay being used for religious expression. In South India, numerous offerings of terracotta horses and elephants are made to a deity called Aiyanar who is believed to ride them.