Brass Ganesh Statue with Rat Arch 19"
Item #: 72bs1z
Total Height Including Base: 19 inches or 48 cms
Base Width & Depth: 13 x 8 inches
Weight: 38 pounds or 17 kgs
- Wow! Ganesh has a stunning 17 rats surrounding him on a beautiful arch
- He holds an elephant goad and a noose fashioned from a cobra
- Ganesh is the "remover of obstacles" and is one of the most beloved gods in India
The rat arch is awesome; beautifully detailed and unique. There is a total of 16 rats included in this spectacular arch. There are 14 rats on the entire arch with two rats eating a mound of sweetmeats on each side of the base. Each rat has a beautifully carved saddle on its back. Even the interior of the arch has magnificent floral swirls in it which add to the overwhelming amount of detail in this piece. There is one larger rat to Ganeshas right for a total of 17 rats! Rats are seen as being capable of gnawing their way through most things, the rat symbolizes Ganesh's ability to destroy every obstacle, a perfect companion for " Ganesh, The remover of Obstacles".
In sculpture the position of Lord Ganesh's trunk has a symbolic meaning. If the trunk turns to the Ganesh's left, that is the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders. To his right, the trunk represents moksha, good for renouncing the world. When one chooses a Ganesh sculpture that is proper for their own spiritual path the trunk position is one thing that is good to keep in mind. Ganesh's trunk is positioned to his left a position associated with grihastas.
~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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