Ganesha, a treasured symbol in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, adorns this mesmerising Thangka painting. As the remover of obstacles, the bestower of good fortune, and the patron of arts & sciences, Ganesha has a prominent position in the pantheon of Hindu deities. He ranks among the five principal Hindu deities (alongside Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Durga). Ganesha's unmistakable elephantine features convey the rich meaning and symbolism found in Tibetan art.
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha's distinctive elephant head symbolises the Atman, or soul, signifying the ultimate supreme reality of human existence. His human body represents Maya, the earthly experience of humans. The elephant head embodies wisdom, while the trunk epitomises OM, the sound symbol of cosmic reality.
This captivating Thangka painting captures Ganesha's essence, inviting viewers to contemplate the profound spiritual symbolism of Tibetan art. As a significant figure in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Ganesha serves as a bridge between the two, inspiring reflection on the interconnectedness of their beliefs and practices.