Trishool-Wielding Panchamukha Lord Ganesha

Trishool-Wielding Panchamukha Lord Ganesha

The panchamukha is very significant in Indian culture. It is a portmanteau of the words pancha (five) and mukha (face), which translates to the five-faced one. While many deities of the Hindu pantheon are depicted with multiple faces, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman are famously panchamukha. In popular culture, these faces are said to represent the five qualities according to the Bhagavad Geeta that make a devotee of the highest order.

The murti that you see on this page depicts the seated Panchamukha Lord Ganesha. An upturned lotus of gigantic proportions forms His throne. His legs are gathered in lalitasana and one of His four hands - He is chaturbhujadhari, the one possessed of four arms - is raised in generous blessing over His devotees. This stance is extremely popular in Indian iconography and represents everything that our devi-devatas are about: omnibenevolence, equanimity, and the predominance of sattvaguna.

A skilfully finished composition executed with remarkable detail. The lifelike pleats of His dhoti, the fishtail sashes on either side of His limbs, and the hood of the snake that proverbially holds His chubby child’s belly from bursting. Layers upon layers of adornment on the upper torso and the wrists. The tattooed temple and lotus engraving at the base of the trunk of each of the panchamukhas, and the perfectly symmetrical crowns on the heads. A trishoola (trident) in one of the hands, indicative of His parentage; and the lifelike curvature of the trunks.

Item Code: ZEO710
Bronze Statue
8.50 inch Height X 6.00 inch Width x 4.90 inch Depth
4.60 kg
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