Ganesh, in the Hindu pantheon is one of the sons of Shiva and Parvati (with Skanda). He symbolizes wealth, wisdom, luck. He is one of the most popular gods in India: before any small or vital action we make him an offering, we honor him: he will bring us luck, guide us, remove obstacles… However he is above all and most often, revered as representing the absolute!
One of the stories of its origin (because there are many)
Parvati, alone, longed for the long absences of Shiva: one day came to her the idea of ??modeling a son, to whom she gave life in the Ganges. She instructed him to keep her apartments and not let anyone in under any pretext. Shiva, returning home, found a man outside his door: furious he beheaded him with his trident. Indignant Parvati required the Gods that they bring her son back to life before the end of the day: the gods decided to cut off the head of the first newborn baby found who happened to be a baby elephant!
This traditional and artisanal art has not changed for millennia (more than 4000 years) and the technique used is always that of lost wax: a coarse clay model is made and then covered with wax by the artist who will give it its final form with its details. The whole is again covered with a clay mixture and then heated in an open hearth where a copper alloy will be poured. see Blog
Objects produced by Dokra artists can be of a usual nature: cup, candle holder ... musical instruments (brass), or artistic such as jewelry, animals: horses, elephants, turtles ..., statues of men and women representing scenes of daily life and Hindu deities adopted by the tribes: Ganesh, Lakshmi, ...
This statuette of Ganesh symbolizes: perpetual change
Posture Standing - in the position of Nrityamurti - who represents a deity when it dances: Ganesh stands on one slightly bent leg while the other's foot is close to the knee. It is the 15th th form of Ganesh out of the 32 listed. Ganesh dances like his father Shiva: a cosmic dance which symbolizes change, movement which does not stop happening at all times even if we do not perceive it (but which physicists easily prove to us today).
Ganesh's belly is always large: it is the center of vital energies, contained by the serpent which retains them. The entire universe is also symbolized there.
Gestures The right arm with the bent elbow makes the gesture of protection (Abhaya mudra), of blessing and appeasement: Ganesh tells us that there is no need to be afraid in the face of inevitable change: it is only necessary to follow the movement, to be one with.
Clothing A sacred cord, no jewels, a magnificent woven loincloth whose folds give rhythm to the dance.
Headgear His head is crowned by a tiara (Kiritamukuta) - symbol of royalty and his forehead is adorneded with the third eye which represents the fire of consciousness: it allows the vision of what is, thus destroying the ignorance which chains us to conditioning, to a false perception of reality.
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