This is a resin made smaller Ganesh statue. Ganesh also known as Ganapati is a widely worshipped by the followers of Hinduism and several other religions. Tibetan Buddhists call him Tso Dag (Possessor of sea). He is regarded as the destroyer of obstacles. Ganesha is also worshipped by most Jains. The spread of Hindu culture to Southeast Asia established Ganesha in modified forms in Burma, Cambodia and Thailand. In Indochina, Hinduism and Buddhism were practiced side by side, and mutual influences can be seen in the iconography of Ganesh in the region. Buddhists in Thailand regard Ganesha as a remover of obstacles and the god of success.
The name Ganesh is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words Gana meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system and Isha meaning lord or master.
Ganesha is worshipped especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a business. Ganapati, being the most popular deity in India, is worshipped by almost all castes. Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity.
He is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the god of intellect and wisdom. Ganesh is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is a non-sectarian deity and Hindus of all denominations invoke him at the beginning of prayers, important undertakings, and religious ceremonies. Dancers and musicians, particularly in southern India, begin performances of arts such as the Bharatnatyam dance with a prayer to Ganesha.
Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi. An annual festival honors Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesha Chaturthi, which typically falls in late August or early September. The festival begins with people bringing in clay idols of Ganesha, symbolizing Ganesha's visit. Today, Hindus across India celebrate the Ganapati festival with great fervor.
Some believe that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, while others believe that he acquired the head later. It is believed that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her. Shiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesha's original head with that of an elephant. Another story says that Ganesha was created directly by Shiva's laughter and gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.
Our store carries a variety of Ganesh statues, wall hangings, wall size tapestry, etc. Their prices vary depending on the materials and sizes.