On one hand, he holds a noose (for Raga or attachment). Another hand holds an ax (symbol for anger or Krodha and the act of protecting others from bad thoughts). He also holds his broken tusk. Then another hand is in the Abhaya mudra (blessing of protection) while another is in Varada mudra (for granting boons). His trunk can be seen to be trained on the sweets he has on the hand in the Varada mudra. Another ever-present icon in the mouse by his foot, which is a symbol of Ganesha being able to overcome big or small obstacles. He also has a snake on his body to symbolize the snake he grabbed and used to tie around his belly when his gut was spilled. In this thangka, Lord Ganesha is in a standing position on a lotus platform. To come full circle with his association with the celestial body, he is drawn with the moon and the dark sky and stars for his backdrop. Pink lotus flowers are also seen on the side which symbolize him being a high deity as the pink flowers are reserved for major deities in the pantheon. The blue lotus near his head is also a sign of wisdom.
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