A Truly Lovable God
He truly is gana+pati … the ruler of multitudes. With his elephant head and his protruding belly. He is the best known and most widely worshipped God of the Hindu pantheon. He is also the most popular God represented in Indian paintings, both ancient and contemporary. He is the remover of obstacles, the lord of learning and letters and his love for modak (a yummy sweet meat comprising a rice pastry stuffed with coconut and jaggery)…what’s not to love?!
This non- sectarian God is depicted in so many different forms crawling as a baby, standing, seated, reading a book, writing, dancing, playing musical instruments, reclining – the representations of this god are innumerable. And artists down the ages – painters, sculptors, muralists have chosen their own unique interpretations to depict this lovable diety.