That first glance of this Ganesha sculpture puts a glamorous smile on our face, the smooth and glossy texture, sharp cuts and strikingly realistic features enhance the cosmic prowess and beauty of Lord Ganesha. Here he sits on superbly stylized throne of intricate carvings and the legs of a lion, indicating Ganesha as the king of the universe.
Garbed in exclusive pleated dhoti having flower motifs and jewels engraved in an alluring manner, Ganesha carries his significant weapons and the left anterior hand is inscribed by the precious symbol of om; he is seen as being protected and warmed by the divineness and blessing of his father Lord Shiva, who stands atop in Shadbhuja form, carrying all the ferocious aspects of his iconography and the loosely matted hair sculpted in the sculptor’s utmost perfection.
Not only Lord Shiva, even his mount Nandi resides on the throne to be an equal opportunist in spreading happiness and joy to the devotees. Ganesha’s sacred vehicle, mooshak (mouse) sits on the ground near his legs to pay obeisance to the lordship. This divine statue is fashioned in the most unimaginative carvings of exquisite ears, lotus flower engraved trunk, vigilant eyes of the supremely crowned head and that soothing gesture of blessing; applauding the creator’s immense skill and painstaking time to create this handpicked masterpiece.
While Lord Ganesha is usually identified with a childlike demeanour and the kind of wisdom that stems from innocence, the sculpture that you see on this page captures the warrior side of Him. His chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) form is slenderer than usual, His composure of countenance one of supreme awareness and courage. Also, the silken pleats of His dhoti are not a child’s but a grown warrior’s.
The first of the aspects that set this apart from Lord Ganesha’s traditional iconography is the leonine throne on which He is seated (note the frontal legs of the same). A compact Nandi is seated next to Him, looking up at the fine young son of His master with veneration. A gada (mace) is balanced against the thigh of His raised leg, at the foot of which is seated His own vahana, the mouse. A lotus with gorgeous petals is engraved at the base of His trunk.
The majestic presence of the shadbhujadhari (hundred-armed) Lord Shiva atop the crown of Lord Ganesha makes this an unusual composition. The voluminous tresses of the Lord are flaying by the entirety of His torso, and Devi Ganga is descending from the same. Karnakundalas and the raised-hooded naga (snake), the trishool (trident) and the shankha (conch) and the rest of His weapons, the iconography within the iconography has been done with remarkable precision.
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