Ganesh is seated high on a throne. His right hand is held up, palm facing outwards, in the abhaya mudra or "no fear" hand gesture. He holds a noose, elephant goad and sweets in this other 3 hands. He is wearing a cobra belt around his corpulent belly. The cobra is one of Lord Shiva's symbols. Shiva is Lord Ganesha's father. According to a Hindu legend, once Lord Ganesha, while riding his vehicle the mouse, lost his balance and the modaks
(Indian sweets) he had eaten fell out of His belly. He put the modaks
back into His belly and tied it up securely with a snake.
The unique feature of this statue are the 5 rats that elevate the base off the ground. Because rats are capable of gnawing their way through most things, the rat symbolizes Ganesh's ability to destroy every obstacle.
"In heaven Lord Ganesh will establish the predominance of gods, on earth that of people, in the nether world that of serpents and anti-gods"
~A Hymn from Sri Bhagavat-Tathva~
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities. He is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshippers first acknowledge when they visit a temple. He is also patron of letters and of learning; he is the legendary scribe who, using his broken tusk, which he often holds, wrote down parts of the Mahabharata epic. Ganesh is usually depicted colored red; he is pot bellied, has one tusk broken, and has four arms that may hold a pasam, a goad, and a pot of rice or sweetmeats. The sweet meats are held in a type of bowl known as a laddus. His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.
Statues of Ganesh can be found in most Indian towns. His image is placed where new houses are to be built; he is honored at the start of a journey or business venture, and poets traditionally invoke him at the start of a book.
A pasam is a triple twine weapon. Each of the three twines represents, arrogance and conceit, Maya - the illusory nature of the real world, ignorance. In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type of bloodshed. Goads (or elephant prods) are typically used to direct elephants. Goads are symbolic of how one should steer the soul away from the ignorance and illusions of this earthly world just as a mahout would steer an elephant away from any treacherous path.
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