How to comprehend Ganesha Artwork?



2019-05-28 12:18:49

Indian art and its journey, both are always amazing and splendid in terms of survival and evolutions.

From the cave art to contemporary pieces, truly, Indian art has come a long way.

However, one thing that remains intact throughout this odyssey is the focus of artists on the religious subject matter.

If you see the Bhimbetka caves in the state of Madhya Pradesh or frescos of Ajanta & Ellora, everywhere there are depictions of religious events, deities, and so forth.

This is because Gods and Goddesses have been the favorite inspiration for artists who have manifested several figures of these deities in every era.

One such deity that has been the point of focus for artists for centuries is Lord Ganesha.

Paintings, sculptors, frescos, contemporary pieces, and artifacts of Lord Ganesha is quite popular even today.

The charm

of Ganesha Artworks

Ganesha is a beloved Hindu deity. Unlike Shiva, Vishnu, Kali, and Durga that are projected more of a serious kind, Ganesha is always represented happy, jolly, playful, wise, brave, and naughty.

Kids love Ganesha. In India, there are a number of cartoon series, daily soaps, movies, and books that have gained the attention of million people just because they were all based on Ganesha.

Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival to celebrate the birth of Ganesha is regarded as one of the major occasions in India. States like Maharashtra and Telangana are often closed entirely on this festival.

Large artifacts and sculptors of Ganesha become high in demand on this occasion.

But this isn’t the only festival where artworks of Ganesha are prevalent.


Diwali, the festival of lights, is also known to boost the demand for Ganesha paintings.

Ganesha is believed to be the god of fortune so people in India worship Ganesha and his wife Goddess Lakshmi on this occasion.

Along with this, Ganesha art are also popularly seen at the entrance wall of homes and offices since he is believed to be a good omen to start something or buy something new.


What is the real interpretation of Ganesha’s


You all must have seen the exquisite and extravagant manifestation of Ganesha in a number of paintings, calendars, movies, books, etc.

It’s almost one and the same depiction everywhere. Have you ever thought about what it signifies or tells us?

If you haven’t, this is the right place for you to be. We are going to decode the artwork of Ganesha and see what his manifestations mean actually:

The big belly

Yes, Ganesha eats a lot of sweets but that’s not why artists represent Ganesha with a big belly.

The real interpretation of the big belly of Lord Ganesha in most of his art pieces is an indication that he absorbs all sorrows and happiness in a similar manner.

A simpler interpretation of this is that we should receive all the good and the bad at the same frequency.

The massive head

We all have heard the tale of how Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha’s head without knowing the latter’s true identity and intentions and how an elephant head was reattached to his boy.

That is what every TV series, every book, and every play made on Ganesha depict. However, from an artistic point-of-view, the big head of Ganesha is a representation of the colossal knowledge that a brain can clinch.

In much simpler words, the big head indicates the power of knowledge and wisdom.

The Broken Tusk

In every manifestation of Ganesha, there is a similarity – one tusk is always missing from Ganesha.

Now the tale of the Ganesha’s broken tusk has more than one narration.

One story tells us that during the battle between Ganesha and Pashuram, the latter throws a weapon gifted by Lord Shiva himself. Lord Ganesha recognizes his Father’s weapon and shows respect by taking the blow. The repercussion of this blow was that Ganesha’s one tusk broke.

Some religious experts believe that Ganesha’s broken tusk is a reminder of the sacrifice that he made when he decided to himself break the tusk to write the epic Ramayana.  

Another interesting aspect of Ganesha artworks is that you will never find any painting or art piece of this deity with just two hands. This is so because it is regarded as a bad omen.

Humungous ears

Generally, artists create big ears of Ganesha while crafting his art piece. Religious scholars and experts believe that this is the representation of the unbiased attitude of Ganesha towards his disciples. Big ears is a way of telling that Ganesha listens to all and ignores no one.

Tiny eyes

The small eyes of Ganesha is an indication of the superlative concentration he possesses. People put up Ganesha artworks in their kid’s room to inspire the latter with the lesson of high focus.

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