Parvati with baby Ganesh is one of the most beautiful visual narratives, an
image that tells the story of divine motherhood and the incomprehensible love
shared by a mother and her child. In this brass image, you can see Maa Parvati,
appearing godly, heavenly dressed, embracing Sri Ganesh, both seated on an
ornate lotus platform, eye-catching due to a realistic treatment of petals,
vines, and stems.
has a sun-like halo behind her crowned head. She is wearing dehri, disc-shaped
earrings, a jewelled necklace, and a flower-crested waist belt clasping her
shapely waist. A long necklace with petal-shaped motifs frames the figure of
Parvati. Her upper body is bare, an iconographic device used to highlight the
features of fertility such as rounded breasts, in mothers and mother-goddesses.
The goddess is four-armed and holds a conch (Vishnu’s attribute), snake
(Shiva’s ornament), and a blossoming lotus flower (Brahma’s attribute and point
of origin) in three hands. Together, these individual features signify the
great-mother Mahadevi Parvati’s position above the Trideva or three gods, she
being an amalgamation of their potencies. On her folded leg, an adorable baby
Ganesh is sitting. This artistically intricate brass murti is an artist’s
dedication to the greatness of the Jagadamba (Amba, meaning mother +of the
Jagat or universe).
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