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 Indian tribal 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: peace
Sitting - in the half-lotus position (Virâsana) - characteristic position of the deity who defeated the demons. Ganesh's belly is always large: it is the center of vital energies, contained by the serpent which retains them.
The right arm with the bent elbow holds an axe and the left arm with the bent elbow holds the lotus flower. His other right hand makes the gesture of protection (abhaya) and the other holds a laddhu.
The sacred cord, two magnificent necklaces add a royal note to Ganesh.
His head is crowned by a tiara (Kiritamukuta) - symbol of royalty and his forehead is adorned with a diadem which descends to his trunk.
The rat - Mushaka - symbol both of lust and disease but also of prosperity and wealth, of intelligence. The rat can represent Ganesh alone: it emphasizes the ambivalence of Ganesh that unites the opposites: big/small - half animal/human half - lively spirit in a massive body... Doesn't his belly include the whole universe?
Attributes and weapons
: The battle axe is the symbolic weapon which cuts through the bonds of ignorance and attachment. The lotus symbolizes the maternal breast (origin of life) and wisdom: knowledge, which leads to awakening, purity (and therefore the transformation which allows the expression of beauty in a marshy environment), peace. Laddhu, a sugar candy, represents sweetness, pleasure and comfort.