A murti as grand as this occupies pride of place in a South Indian temple of yore. It depicts Lord Ganesha with ten arms - He is dashabhujadhari, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) ten (‘dasha’) arms (‘bhuja’) - eight of them wielding weapons that reiterate His status as divine warrior. In His anteriormost hands are the broken tusk and a freshly made laddoo, which are indicative of His scholarly authorship of the Mahabharata and His childlike predilection for dessert.
A lotus of richly coloured pedestals is His throne. The silver of His sashes and jewellery that descend upon it serves to bring out its gorgeous colour. The same is flanked by the mouse-vahana and a bowlful of golden laddoos. A broad-based platform of an upturned silver lotus, and an aureole of gold lotus petals trimmed with red and green pastel tones. A beady-eyed Kirtimukham at its zenith completes the composition.
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