There are several legends that associate these three images together, but the underlying theme in all of them remain the same – Ganesha, as the ‘vignaharta’ is the remover of obstacles that come in the way of attaining knowledge and wealth. Saraswati and Lakshmi as depicted together, for to attain their attributing characteristics of education and prosperity, we cannot do with one without the other. Moreover, it is said that Lakshmi and Saraswati are emblematic of Ganesha’s two consorts, Riddhi and Siddhi respectively. The three celestial beings are presented in their usual iconography: the four-armed Ganesha beckoning the devout towards his goad, mace, while devouring the ‘modak;’ Lakshmi holding the two lotuses and blessing the devotee; and Saraswati playing the veena. Saraswati and Lakshmi are seated on a lotus pedestal.
This is a glorious example of how our ancient artistic sensibilities combined functional considerations of the utensil along with the religious considerations of piety, creating this wonderful piece.
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