Ganesha's association with music is made evident by different sources. He has been shown in Indian art with several musical instruments. It is said that Ganesha knows perfectly well the basis of the seven notes of the musical scale. He enjoys the sound of the drum and has perfect knowledge to recognize the true nature of the music. The presence of musical instruments in the hands of Ganapati in some of his forms clearly shows his predilection for music. In a Kangra painting of 18th century Ganesha has been shown, along with Nataraja, playing different musical instruments, e.g., Cymbals, Vina and damaru. The Shaivite monuments of South India also depict Ganesa as a musician. However, playing Tabla is a rare representation of Ganesa.
In the present manifestation, the pot-bellied Ganesa has been shown seated elegantly on a pedestal, supported by lotus petals. The deity with his two hands plays Tabla.
He has two eyes, drooping ears, two tusks and Shaivite marks (tilak) on his forehead. He is wearing a crown, sacred-thread, necklace, sash, armlets, bracelets, anklets and so on. His pants are incised with plain straps, in vertical order. The upper portion of the body is bare.
D.N. Bakshi, Hindu Divinities in Japanese Buddhist Pantheon, Calcutta, 1979.
Paul Martin-Dubost, Ganesa: the enchanter of the three worlds, Mumbai, 1977.
R.C. Majumdar (ed.), The age of imperial Kanauj, Bombay, 1955.
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