Abhyanga Ganesha

36" x 28" Frmed. Painting: 14" x 11"

Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon.His image is found throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh and worshipped by many faiths.

Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles both material and spiritual, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits.

While some texts say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories.The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her and Shiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesha's original head with that of an elephant. Details of the battle and where the replacement head came from vary from source to source.  Another story says that Ganesha was created directly by Shiva's laughter. Because Shiva considered Ganesha too alluring, he gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.

Here he is Abhyanga Ganesha, a standing Ganesha on a lotus pedestal, viswapadmasana. He has four arms carrying a Pa or Battle Ax representing his severance from worldly attachments, a garland, a carrot and an apple.  The  sacred serpent around his neck is  Vasuki. The most unusual aspect of this painting is that his trunk used to detroy obstacles  is turned to the Right.  The trunk typically turns to the Left.  When painted to the Right it is called Siddhu Vinayaka and  Ganesha is worshipped fervently. The trunk here represents freedom form all worldly goods & pleasures with the attainment of Maksha.  He has a trident, sula at his nose representing Tri Rarna, the three fold jewels: Buddha, Dharma & Sangha. Om his trunk  is the Om symbol followed by  the eight auspicious symbols.

His mount, Mooshika, a rat  sits at his feet, an emblem of sagacity.

Handpainted by monks in Nepal

Abhyanga Ganesha

SKU: 828
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