Ganesha, the Lord of beginning and the remover of obstacles, is worshiped at the start of every propitious occasion and ceremony. Vignesha (Ganesha), the noble son of Lord Shiva, who is the performer of the cosmic dance known as Tandava, and Mother Parvati, the performer of the graceful Lasya, inherited these dance styles to perform enchanting dance. This is the reason why he is also regarded as the patron of arts and sciences.
This sculpture is made of bronze from Swamimalai. Here, the leader or master of the Ganas of Lord Shiva, Ganapati, has been portrayed dancing on a lotus pedestal having the head of an elephant and the body of a human having four arms; the front left arm lifts up in the air and carries a noose, the right hand carries his broken tusk (he has a single whole tusk and the other one being broken for which he is known as Ekadanta), the rear left hand holds a Laddoo, a sweet he is very fond of eating, and the right hand holds a mace.
His pot belly is adorned with a thick patterned gold chain over which two serpents are coiled. He wears a short length dhoti and a kamarband on the waist from which long pointed ends hang out gracefully. Lord’s left foot is on the pedestal, while the right leg is raised and folded inwards, which shows the ecstatic movement of his nritya.
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