Watercolor paper 140 lbs 15 x 11″
Ganesha is the god of wisdom, good fortune and prosperity.
Invoked at the beginning of a new venture or travel traditionally.
Ganesha’s head symbolizes wisdom, the atman or soul.
The ultimate supreme reality of all.
Ganesha’s right hand holds a goad.
Helping people on their eternal path, removing obstacles to achieve their goals.
Holds a rosary in his left hand to acknowledge.
Promoting continuous knowledge.
It is festival time now…..and more specially Ganesh Chaturthi as it is well known. Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.
Ganesha has been represented with the head of an elephant since the early stages of his appearance in Indian art. Puranic myths provide many explanations for how he got his elephant head. One of his popular forms, Heramba-Ganapati, has five elephant heads, and other less-common variations in the number of heads are known. While some texts say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories . The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her andShiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesha’s original head with that of an elephant. Details of the battle and where the replacement head came from vary from source to source. Another story says that Ganesha was created directly by Shiva’s laughter. Because Shiva considered Ganesha too alluring, he gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.
Ganesha’s earliest name was Ekadanta (One Tusked), referring to his single whole tusk, the other being broken. Some of the earliest images of Ganesha show him holding his broken tusk. The importance of this distinctive feature is reflected in the Mudgala Purana, which states that the name of Ganesha’s second incarnation is Ekadanta. Ganesha’s protruding belly appears as a distinctive attribute in his earliest statuary, which dates to the Gupta period (4th to 6th centuries). This feature is so important that, according to the Mudgala Purana, two different incarnations of Ganesha use names based on it: Lambodara (Pot Belly, or, literally, Hanging Belly) and Mahodara (Great Belly). Both names are Sanskrit compounds describing his belly. The Brahmanda Purana says that Ganesha has the name Lambodara because all the universes the past, present, and future are present in him.
The painting is inspired from the festival season ongoing…….and being the successful remover of all problems from the life of his devotees Lord Ganesha is quite famous in India…..specially in the west……and with all the prayers being offered it is for sure the pains and problems will surely be eradicated……God Bless all!!!!…..take care….it’s the weekend…….have a nice day/night and a great weekend…..take care…..ciao……till the next post.