In Indian mythology, lord Ganesha is most revered deity. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati , and the God of Wisdom, and remover of obstacles.
Artists have for centuries, chosen Ganapati as the theme of their creative pieces. There are innumerable Ganesha paintings and Ganesha statues and sculptures that have been executed over the ages. In these, we see not simply skill and talent at its best, but also the devoutness and devotion of the artists who made them.
Ganesha paintings depictxthe Lord in various poses and postures. He is portrayed as sitting, standing, dancing , reclining, and meditating. There are paintings of Ganapati as a child and of Darbar Ganesha. Ganesha is depicted as having four arms. This is because he is believed to have created the four kinds of living creatures: those that live on earth, those that live in water, those that live in both water and on earth, and those that fly in the air. In Ganesh paintings, the four arms usually hold four of the following: a conch shell, a discus, a sweet, an elephant goad, a lotus, a broken tusk, an axe, a noose, a necklace, the blessing pose. Paintings of Vinayaka also portray the rat or mouse which is his vehicle.
Paintings of Ganesha have been executed in numerous styles, using various mediums. Some of the popular styles of painting this well-loved Hindu God are
- Rangoli-Folk Art
- Religion Craft
- Mirror Work in India
- Sculptures from Khajuraho
- Realism in Indian Art
- Chess Game in India