Trimukha Ganesha, the three-faced Lord of the Ganas, represents the three Gunas, or
qualities: sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva is the mode of purity and equilibrium, rajas
represent passion and action, while tamas depict darkness and destruction. Trimukha
Ganesha is ordered 28th in the list of 32 forms of Lord Ganesha.
In this exquisite carving, Ganesha sits on a lotus pedestal, one foot on the ground and the
other resting on his knee. He holds an elephant goad in his upper right hand. It is to guide
mankind to the path of wisdom and success. His right hand is in Abhaya mudra, offering
protection to his devotees. His left-hand holds a sweet ladoo. The sweet is a reward for
those who live their lives wisely. His lower hands hold a noose each. The noose is to capture
difficulties in life and destroy them. The lotus flower in this upper left hand symbolizes
His mount, the rat, sits at his feet. The symbol of the rat represents our ever-growing desires.
The mad rush of the material world. Trimukha Ganesha teaches us that by controlling this
rat, both within and without our minds, we can touch the divine. He shows us how to ride the
sensory desires, all the way, to the pure transcendental enlightenment of the spirit.
This stylish wooden temple is of medium weight, built with finely detailed engravings. The
depiction shows a lion's head on top. The multilayered conical top of Lord Ganesha
showcases the excellent quality workmanship of sculptors of South India.
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