Temple Entrance Ganesha, Seated

Temple Entrance Ganesha, Seated

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A superior Ganesha composition, this embossed watercolour would be the perfect addition to your poojana-kakasha. The plump yet venerable son of Shiva sits in lalitasana upon a throne upholstered in red and purple velvet. A halo of ice pink colour sets off the roseate complexion of His mostly bare body but for the graciously woven, gold-coloured silk of His dhoti. A gold crown studded densely with rubies and emeralds sits on His elephant-head.

The chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) Lord Ganesha raises the right anterior hand in generous blessing. In fact, His propensity to mete out blessings, over and above the childlike wisdom and generosity of His persona, endears Him to one and all. In the left is a bowlful of freshly compressed laddoos, over which hovers the tip of His adorable little trunk. Note the peach-coloured foliage tattooed along its length and the trident, a Shaivite symbol, between His grave brow.

What sets this watercolour apart from run-of-the-mill Ganesha paintings is the pure gold bits layered strategically over the temple-entrance foreground, the crown and throne (including the cushioned footrest) of the Lord, and the bejewelled gold ornaments on His body. Metallic embellishments such as these are common in authentic traditional Indian paintings.

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Item Code: HL16
Water Color Painting on Paper Embossed with 24 Karat Gold
D. H. Thakur
8.8 inch X 11.8 inch
Lord Ganesha is comfortably sitting on a couch with his hands touching the ornamental red pillows on both sides. His right hand holds a goad and a gracious lotus is in his left hand. A bowl of ladoos supported with one hand is lying on the left knee and the other hand posturing bliss is exactly above the right knee. His left leg can be seen tucked towards inside while the right leg is placed on a circular velvet support. The Great Lord is wearing heavy ornaments with a very long necklace reaching below his navel. His exquisite crown is embedded with emeralds and rubies. His trunk enjoys the exotic fragrance of the laddoos. The expression of serenity on the face of Lord Ganesha adds a cosmic ambience to the painting.

On the right side of the painting is a plate full of fresh fruits placed on the carpet. On the left his beloved rat is busy in devouring his very own ladoo. In a rectangular frame there is a temple shaped dome sculpted with the symbol of OM. The color of background inside the dome is black, but soothing nevertheless, perhaps because of the overpowering presence of this beloved elephant-headed god. The green carpet adds a certain vividness to the color scheme of the artwork.

This majestic painting is a perfect amalgamation of colors and backgrounds. Its unique aspect is the heavy embossing using 24 karat gold. The trident and three-line Shaivite tilaka on his forehead identifies Ganesha as the son of Lord Shiva. The sacred of OM between his eyes points to the cosmic significance of Ganesha.

This description by Abhishek Bhatanagar.

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