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Lord Ganesh Ganesha on Throne Hand-Painted Statue Figurine

Lord Ganesh Ganesha on Throne Hand-Painted Statue Figurine
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Honor Ganesh, the Hindu deity of success, remover of obstacles, destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride with this hand-painted, cold-cast resin statue, showing Ganesh seated upon an elephant-footed throne, raising a lotus flower to the heavens with his other hands stretched out to those who look upon him. The statue is 5" tall. 

Ganesha (Sanskrit: गणेश), also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, also known as Ganapati (Sanskrit: गणपति), Vinayaka (Sanskrit: विनायक), and Pillaiyar, is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped 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.

Who is Lord Ganesha?

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Lord Ganesha -  the Hindu deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant - represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures  success in human endeavors. For this reason, Hindus worship Ganesha first before beginning any religious,  spiritual or worldly activity.

In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and the Divine  Mother Parvati. Their second son is Lord Subramanya and their daughter is Jyoti. As explained  below, the portrayal of Lord Ganesha as the blend of human and animal parts symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by Hindu sages and illustrates
some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance.

  • Elephant head, wide mouth,  and large ears: the large head of an elephant symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one must possess to  attain perfection in life. The wide mouth represents the natural human desire to enjoy life in the  world. The large ears signify that a perfect person is the one who possesses a great capacity to listen to others and assimilate ideas.
     

  • The trunk and two tusks  with the left tusk broken: there is no known human instrument that has  an 
    operating range as wide as that of an elephant's trunk. It can uproot a tree  and yet lift a needle off the ground.
    Likewise, the human mind must be strong enough to face the ups and downs of  the external world and yet delicate enough to explore the subtle realms of the inner world. The  two tusks denote the two aspects of the human personality, wisdom and emotion. The right tusk  represents wisdom and the left tusk represents emotion. The broken left tusk conveys the idea that one must conquer emotions with wisdom to attain perfection.
     

  • Elephant eyes: the  elephant eyes are said to possess natural deceptiveness that allows them to perceive objects to be bigger than what they really are. Thus the  elephant eyes symbolize the idea that even if an individual gets "bigger and bigger" in wealth and wisdom, he  should perceive others to be bigger than himself; that is, surrender one's pride  and attain humility.
     

  • The four arms and various  objects in the four hands: the four arms indicate that the Lord is omnipresent and omnipotent. The left side of the body symbolizes emotion and the right side symbolizes  reason. An axe in the upper left hand and a lotus in the upper right hand signify  that in order to attain spiritual perfection, one should cut worldly attachments and conquer emotions. This enables one to  live in the world without being affected by earthly temptations, just as a lotus remains in  water but is not affected by it. A tray of Laddus (a popular snack) near the Lord denotes that He bestows  wealth and prosperity upon His devotees. The lower right hand is shown in a blessing pose, which signifies that  Ganesha always blesses His devotees.
     

  • A human body with a big  belly: the human body possesses a human heart, which is a symbol of  kindness and compassion toward all. Ganesha's body is usually portrayed wearing red  and yellow clothes. Yellow symbolizes purity, peace and truthfulness. Red symbolizes the  activity in the world. These are the qualities of a perfect person who performs all duties in the  world, with purity, peace, and truthfulness. The big belly signifies that a perfect individual must have a large capacity  to face all pleasant and unpleasant experiences of the world.
     

  • A mouse sitting near the  feet of Ganesha and gazing at the tray of Laddus: a mouse symbolizes the ego that can nibble all that is good and noble in  a person. A mouse sitting near the feet of Ganesha indicates that a perfect person is  one who has conquered his (or her) ego. A mouse gazing at the Laddus, but not consuming them, denotes that a  purified or controlled ego can live in the world without being affected by the worldly temptations. The mouse is also the  vehicle of Ganesha, signifying that one must control ego in order for wisdom to shine forth.
     

  • Right foot dangling over  the left foot: as stated above, the left side of the body symbolizes  emotion and the right side symbolizes reason and knowledge. The right foot dangling  over the left foot illustrates that in order to live a successful life one should utilize  knowledge and reason to overcome emotions.

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