The wooden panel you see on this page is a symbol of auspiciousness, moulded stylishly in varied patterns and designs that enhance the beauty of its carve; the top layer is smoothly curved followed by a layer of lotus petals and a check pattern as a filler to the background. The cosmic triad of lord Ganesha, goddess Lakshmi and goddess Saraswati is carved in their run-of-the-mill postures on full blooming lotus pedestals blessing the devotees of good health, wealth, wisdom and fearlessness. The use of a bright color palette, superfine chisels and glossy finish are some of the highlighting aspects of this panel.
Chaturbhuja Ganesha is sculpted in a dusky brown-golden shade and is garbed in yellow-orange dhoti, carrying his iconic implements of a noose and pasa along with motichoor laddoo. Centre position is occupied by pearl white hued goddess Lakshmi, clad in a bright green sari and gold jewels, carrying lotuses in each of her posterior hands and granting a boon of wealth with her right anterior hand; she is framed in a lotus arch topped with a Kirtimukha face. As you move ahead, you will see goddess Saraswati perched in elegance holding a veena in her hands and clothed in a blue sari, justifying the etymology of her name, which means, ‘one with plenty of waters’. The two peacocks carved in mesmerizing curves and long coiled tails at the corners represent Saraswati’s vahana and the elephants flanked on both sides of Lakshmi are in a gesture of garlanding her.
The reason behind this triad being worshipped together is that, Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Saraswati of knowledge and people tend to ignore learning (Saraswati) in the presence of wealth (Lakshmi) and vice-versa, so to maintain this, and ensure Lakshmi and Saraswati cohabit, Lord Ganesha, the patron of wisdom and intellect has to be present. This colorful panel is carved by expert sculptors of South India in their characteristic carving style of intricate and ethnic patterns. This panel when placed on any empty wall will enhance the aesthetic as well as propitious aura of the place.