carved Teak Wood Ganesha Elephant God Intricately hand carved and
hand finished with details.
19" high, 10" wide, 8" deep. Weighs approximately 20 lbs.
Ganesha: Worshipped as the God of good luck and
creativity, Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and
Parvati, is one of the most popular gods of the Hindu
pantheon. The God's elephant head is the result of a
quarrel between his parents. The young God angered Shiva
by refusing, at his mother's behest, to allow his father to
observe Parvati bathing. Shiva cut off ganesha's head in
rage, but to soothe Parvati's grief, replaced it with the head
of the first creature that passed by--which happened to be an
is shown here with one hand in the abhaya pose of protection and
refuge and the second holding a sweet (modaka) symbolic of the
sweetness of the realized inner self. In the two hands behind
him he often holds an ankusha (elephant goad) and a pasha
(noose). The noose is to convey that worldly attachments and
desires are a noose. The goad is to prod man to the path of
righteousness and truth. With this goad Ganesha can both strike
and repel obstacles.
According to the strict rules of Hindu iconography, Ganesha
figures with only two hands are taboo. Hence, Ganesha figures
are most commonly seen with four hands which signify their
in color and weight due to nature of the wood.