Lot 134.Large Size Ganesha, The Blissful God of Auspices -
35.3 inch X 20 inch X 12.5 inch
Aum ekadantaya vidmahe, vakratundaya dhimahe, tanno dantih prachodayatthat is, We devote our thought to the one-tusked Lord. We meditate upon Himwho has a curved trunk. May the tusked One guide us on the right path. Thisis precisely for what we worship Lord Ganesh. The single tusked, or the onetusk broken form of Ganesh suggests that for accomplishing his devotee'sprayer he would not hesitate in sacrificing even one of his body parts. Aumekadantaya namah is the mantra that ends the duality, leads to one-pointedmind and singleness of object. The Elephant headed Ganesh with his longcurved trunk has power to reach the far off regions, all directions, allcherished objects and all devotees. In Aum vakratundaya hum the syllable humis suggestive of the prayer that with his curved trunk the remover of evilsLord Ganesh straightens the paths of curve-minded people and curbs theatrocities of the cruel ones.This benign blend of Ekadanta and Vakratunda manifestations of theauspicious Lord enshrines this three feet high lustrous bronze cast. Thisstatue, carved in the finest and the most characteristic details, blends twoof the most auspicious manifestations of the iconography of Lord Ganesh,namely, the Varada and the Sankatahara. The Varada Ganapati bestows upon thedevotee all that is blissful in life as also after it and the SankataharaGanapati removes all obstacles from his path. The compassionate Ganesh isalways a pleasant deity, as here in his Lalitasana posture, that is, aloving mode of being seated. Obviously, the Sankatahara Ganapati is not adestruction-loving god who eliminates or even penalizes the evil or theobstructing ones. He only arrests or holds them by his noose to let the goodprevail and goads them to the right path. He, thus, blesses his devotees toaccomplish their objects without being obstructed and at the same time leadsthe detriments to the right path. The Sankatahara Ganapati hence has acompassionate bearing and just four hands, in two of which he carriesweapons but only a goad and a noose, that is, the instruments, the one ofwhich holds an object in control and the other one leads it to the rightpath.Deity's benign face where enshrines the celestial calm and composure, hislalitasana, his two lower hands, one raised in varada and the other carryingmodaka, his lambodara or the large pot belly and his nagabandha, the ritualband consisting of a serpent, are features of Ganapati in his Varadamanifestation. The varada assures awefree blessed life; the modaka fillslife with prosperity and fragrance of success; the large pot belly containsall riches and oceans of knowledge; and, the nagabandha is the symbol ofgood health, long life and of the spiritual control of the material world.The Ganapati has been cast wearing on his head both, a rich crown and asturdy helmet, one depicting his majesty and splendour by which he rules thecosmos and radiates it and the other his rock-like formidability, whichdetriments dare not face.This marvelous piece, requiring exceptional skill in its casting,represents Lord Ganesh in Lalitasana, a mode of sitting which allures byitself. The image proper has been installed on a raised pedestal consistingof conventionalised lotus petals and beads. The right leg of the deitysuspends to its mid-height. His vehicle mouse has stationed itself on theupper ridge of the pedestal. It is around here that the circular fold of thedhoti of Lord Ganesh and the ends of his sash beautifully lay. Cast incopper mixed alloy, the image naturally obtainsthe lustrous deep brown complexion against which the golden brilliance ofgarments and ornaments gets many more times multiplied. The raised ornamentshave such appearance as if these are superimposed or are really worn and notcarved with the figure. Figure's eyes give a feeling of deep thoughtfulnessand the face has a benign bearing. The well shaped ears are furtherbeautified by additional ornaments and so are the other parts of theauspicious god. Besides the nagabandha he is also wearing yajnopavita.This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializeson the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chiefcurator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, NewDelhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art andculture.
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