Worshiped throughout Hinduism, he is invoked at the beginning of any enterprise, for his is the power to remove obstacles but also to place them in the way of success. A statue of Ganesha is a symbol charged with many rich meanings. For example, his huge belly, containing the world, is surmounted by his elephant head, signifying the world beyond, the metaphysical reality.
Present in this gallery are wood carvings of Lord Ganesha from all over India. Here you will find wood statues of Ganesha from workshops attached to temples in Tamil Nadu. The wood sculptures of Tamil Nadu are carved out of Vangai wood, a fine timber from Kalakorchi region in the state, used for wood-carving now for centuries.
Then there are wooden statues of Ganesha from Jaipur, which use the wood of the Kadmaba tree.
Sculptures of Ganesha from Mysore use the Shivani wood, a type of cedar, and also sometimes Rosewood.