Ashta-Ganesha or eight forms of Sri Ganesha displayed in this exquisite Tanjore painting, are eight of the most powerful roopa of Sri Ganesha, each associated with a mood and aspect of the elephant-faced Lord, who is the source of supreme auspiciousness and wisdom. The central space in this artwork depicts the Ekadanta (one-tusked) roopa of Ganesha, which is considered a fortuitous form to be worshipped at home. Surrounding Ekadanta Ganapati are seven other roopa- Ucchistha Ganapati, Mahaganapati, Lakshmi Ganapati, Nritya Ganapati, Veera Ganapati, Herambha Ganapati, and Bala Ganapati.
All eight forms of Sri Ganesha in this Thanjavur painting are wearing Pitambara and are regally ornamented. Fine lines, motifs, and traditional colors lend the painting a stunning aesthetic appeal. Carrying a paternalistic benevolence in his attitude and expressions, Ganesha in all these eight forms instills devotion in the heart.
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