Ganesha is seen here as a toddler, with rattles strewn around, partaking a
modaka. The pose is reminiscent of Bala Gopala. He rests on his knees in a
crawling position. A small crown adorns his short curling hair; strings of
pearls abundantly decorate his body. Like any normal child, his torso is
noticeably longer than the legs. There is a pronounced chubbiness, which
naturally elicits an indulgent affection. Ganesha's love for modakas is
evident even in his childhood. One is already curved in his trunk as he
takes another in his hand. The mouse, his vahana, also nibbles at a small
The artist has paid attention to small details. By shading the outer parts
of the torso and limbs in a darker tone, he has imbued volume and hence
chubbiness to the child's body. He also paints a solar nimbus to define
Ganesha's divine status.
This description by Renu Rana.
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