Meaning of Ganesha Thangka

Thangka painting depicting Ganesha, who is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, bestower of good luck, the patron of arts & sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

 

The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears. He is worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja, one of the main Hindu prayers.

 

Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents OM, the sound symbol of cosmic reality.