This panchamukha Lord Ganesha murti has been sculpted from pure, homegrown wood. In addition to the five elephant heads, He is possessed of (‘dhari’) ten (‘dasha’) arms (‘bhuja’); like His mother the ferocious Devi Durga, He is dashabhujadhari, each of His bhujas wielding a weapon to ward of adharma. He is clad in a dhoti and a world of shringar, which adds a considerable proportion of detail to the already complex composition. Zoom in each aspect of the same to appreciate the detail with which it has been executed.
A throne formed of numerous lotus pedestals, each of them carved such as to convey an undeniable quivering motion. A little mouse, the vahana, raises its arms to its Lord on one side, a bowlful of laddoos sits on the other. The throne of Lord Ganesha lies on a traditionally carved pedestal, upon which are a pair of stunted yet richly engraved pillars. A glamorous aureole surrounds the central lalitasana figure, whose five crowns seem to merge into the jawless infinitude of the mouth of the Kirtimukham.
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