The murti that you see on this page depicts the seated Panchamukha Lord Ganesha. An upturned lotus of gigantic proportions forms His throne. His legs are gathered in lalitasana and one of His four hands - He is chaturbhujadhari, the one possessed of four arms - is raised in generous blessing over His devotees. This stance is extremely popular in Indian iconography and represents everything that our devi-devatas are about: omnibenevolence, equanimity, and the predominance of sattvaguna.
A skilfully finished composition executed with remarkable detail. The lifelike pleats of His dhoti, the fishtail sashes on either side of His limbs, and the hood of the snake that proverbially holds His chubby child’s belly from bursting. Layers upon layers of adornment on the upper torso and the wrists. The tattooed temple and lotus engraving at the base of the trunk of each of the panchamukhas, and the perfectly symmetrical crowns on the heads. A trishoola (trident) in one of the hands, indicative of His parentage; and the lifelike curvature of the trunks.
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