Ganesha, also known as Ganesh, or Ganapati is known as "The Remover Of Obstacles" and the "Lord Of Good Fortune" and is one of the best known and most worshipped deities in Hinduism. As "The God of Success", his image is to be worshipped before any other gods during Hindu rituals and honored with affection at the start of any ritual or ceremony and is also invoked as the "Patron of Letters" at the beginning of any writing.
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Many people mistakenly believe that Ganesha is an elephant. On the contrary, Ganesha is actually a "human" god, meaning that his physical characteristics are similar to those of humans. However, Ganesha does indeed have an elephant's head, which some say he was born with. The most common story is that Ganesha was born with a human head and body and that his father, Shiva, beheaded him when Ganesha came between him and his wife, Parvati, Ganesha's mother. Shiva then replaced Ganesha's original head with that of an elephant.
Throughout India and in Hindu culture, Ganesha is the first icon brought into a new home. They believe that Ganesha brings success and prosperity and will then invoke him to come to their aid and grant them success.
This exquisite statue was handcrafted in Tibet from crushed sea shells and resin, then stained to resemble wood. He is a beautiful, calming and welcome addition to any space. Place him in your home, office, or anywhere as a blessing for all of those who dwell there.
Statue measures 4 1/4" H - 4 1/4" W.