Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Ramayana

 

Ganesha

Porcelain

Germany

20th century

Gift of Mrs. Rekha Naik in memory of her husband Dr. Deepak Naik

2015.135

Ganesha, in spite of his elephantine head with blinking small eyes on either side of his elastic trunk, short arms, bulging girth overhanging his stunted legs is universally adored by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.

He is the lord of obstacles (Vighnesvara) and aso the remover (Vighnahara or Vighnanasin) of the same. Hence he is propitiated, both by men and gods, at the commencement of all ceremonies. As a god of wisdom he is invoked in the beginning of any writing to insure literary success.