Ganesh - Antique Thai Style Bronze Heramba Ganesha Statue w/Mouse - 103cm/41"
Measures - (Height) 103cm/41"
An antique Thai style bronze standing Heramba Ganesha attended by his mouse. The distinctive patina of the piece is particularly delightful.
Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, is one of the most beloved and widely worshipped figures in Hinduism. His distinct appearance and significance in the pantheon of Hindu gods make him a prominent and multifaceted symbol.
Among the various forms and manifestations of Ganesha, Heramba Ganesha stands as an unconventional and unique deity.
Heramba Ganesha, also known as Ekadanta Heramba, is a rare and unconventional form of Ganesha, distinct from the more commonly known Lord Ganesha with a single broken tusk. This unique manifestation is characterized by several distinctive features:
Five Heads: Unlike the usual single-headed depiction, Heramba Ganesha is portrayed here with five heads, which represent his authority over the five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Each head represents a different aspect of his personality.
Eight Arms: Here Heramba Ganesha is depicted with eight arms, each holding various attributes and symbols that symbolize his powers, such as a Trident, a noose, a pomegranate, a lotus bud, and a broken tusk. A cascade of coins fall from his lower left hand bringing prosperity to the devotee.
Here Heramba Ganesha is stood Vrksasana (Tree pose). This pose brings Ganesha inner peace. Both strong and supple it demonstrates Ganesha as rooted without being rigid. He rests upon a round double lotus petal pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
Heramba Ganesha carries unique symbolism that sets him apart from other forms of Lord Ganesha:
Protection: Heramba Ganesha is widely revered as a protective deity who safeguards devotees from obstacles and negative influences. His multiple arms symbolize his fierce protective qualities.
Fearlessness: Heramba Ganesha is believed to instill courage and fearlessness in his devotees, helping them overcome life's challenges with confidence.
Purity and Divinity: The five heads underscore his association with purity, transcendence, and divine authority.
Remover of Obstacles: Like the more commonly known Lord Ganesha, Heramba Ganesha is also revered as the remover of obstacles. His multiple heads and arms reflect his superior ability to eliminate hindrances in various aspects of life.
Behind Ganesha sits an aureole or circle of light with an Om symbol in its centre. The aureole represents his divinity. The Om symbol representing a sacred sound, syllable, mantra and invocation in Hinduism. It is variously said to be the essence of the supreme Absolute, consciousness or the cosmic world.
The direction of Ganesha's trunk has symbolic meaning. Here the trunk turns to Ganesha's right. This signifies the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders.
Here Ganesha is attended by a mouse. The principal vehicle of Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is known as the Conqueror of Obstacles (Vighnaharta). Historically, when agriculture was the primary mode of sustenance, rodents were one of the biggest obstacles to prosperity. Rodents would destroy standing crops, eat up stored grains and thereby result in severe losses for the common man. Lord Ganesha, in having a mouse as his vehicle, is symbolically shown to have conquered this pest, thus staying true to his name of Vighnaharta.
Heramba Ganesha, with his unconventional appearance and unique symbolism, represents a distinctive aspect of the multifaceted deity, Lord Ganesha. His role as a protector, his association with fearlessness, and his blessings for success make him a cherished figure for those who seek his divine guidance.
While less widely worshipped than other forms of Ganesha, Heramba Ganesha's significance in the Hindu pantheon showcases the adaptability and diversity within the tradition, providing devotees with a deeper connection to their spiritual and practical needs.
To aid with safe transport your Buddha will be packed in a wood crated before shipping.
One of the most recognizable of the Asian deities this representation of Ganesha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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