He is easily identified with his elephant head, potbelly, and four hands. In these four hands, he is depicted to be holding a Padma, lotus flower, a shankha, a conch shell, and an axe while his fourth arm is empty. His four arms stand for His immense power in helping humanity. The empty hand is raised upwards in Abhaya mudra symbolizing caring and protection. The lotus flower signifies enlightenment, while the axe symbolizes the delivery of justice and removal of life obstacles. The conch shell symbolizes victories, and this is why conch shells are usually blown before the start of the war in ancient India.
Lord Ganesha is depicted holding the ankusa in his upper right hand, while his tusk is seen blowing the conch shell, which is held by his lower left hand. He is seen wearing Naga, the snake, as his belt, which are sacred symbols of Ganesha's father, Lord Shiva. The chamara depicted is said to whisk away the worries and misleading thoughts. The svastika depicted symbolizes auspiciousness while the modakapatra, bowl of sweets, symbolizes what Ganesha loves most, moksha, liberation, the sweetest of all things sweet.
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