The concept of the elephant-headed Ganesha as Remover of Obstacles has reached as far in the past as ancient Greece (where he was known as Janus) to modern Muslim Indonesia where he graces the 20,000 rupiah note to “remove obstacles to the development of the state.”
Ganesha is not only the most popular but the most approachable god in the Hindu pantheon. Largely a secular divinity, Ganesha is associated with no fussy rituals or rigid taboos. He is loved and worshipped by everyone, and in return blesses everyone with his protection.
Ganesha stands relaxed in the position of ease (abhanga), luxurious clothing and jewellery denote his position as the son of Shiva and Uma. Throughout Asia, his parasol (chattra) is a symbol of royal blessing and protection. In his trunk, he protectively carries a favourite treat, a sweet rice ball (modaka), while his left-hand holds a water pot (kamandalu), symbolizing purity and generosity.
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12 in / 30 cm
5.84 lb / 2.65 kg