This painting on tussar silk from Puri, Orissa, show the god
having five of the much talked about heads. The Panchmukha
Ganapati stands in tribhanga posture on an inverted lotus
pedestal. Of the two sons of Shiva, it is Ganesha who matches
Shiva Nataraja in all respects, in the most subtle postures of
the dance. Ganesha with five faces shows with his left lower hand
the cinmudra. The others hold a rosary, his tusk and the axe by
the handle even as he dances. He is dressed in a yellow garment
and a blue billowing scarf. The cobra serves him as the sacred
cord. He wears armlets, bracelets, anklets and numerous
necklaces, apart from the five elaborate crowns.
At the base of the pedestal is the small harnessed mouse. This is
Ganesha's vehicle, who raises his snout towards the Lord in
salutation. The entire body of Ganesha is painted in sinduri or
red colour but the five heads are white in colour. Brightness is
added by giving different colours to the garments he wears. The
border contributes to the beauty of the painting.
This description by Kiranjyot.
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