The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities. Ganesha is known most importantly as the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers of the Hindu tradition first acknowledge when they visit a temple. His image is placed where new houses are to be built and he is honored at the start of a new journey or business venture. Ganesha is the patron of intellectuals, bankers, scribes and authors. Poets and writers look to Ganesha for inspiration at the start of a book. His name means "Lord of the People."
A Ganesha statue can be hand-carved in many postures and forms, typically with four or eight arms, holding various symbolic objects. Ganesha is often displayed dancing or playing a musical instrument, such as a flute. He is sometimes accompanied by or riding a rat (or the mouse) – a symbol of all-pervasiveness.
This Metal Statue is inlaid with Turquoise and Coral.