Lord Ganesha is the god of all gods even in his one-headed, ekdant form. He is a harbinger of joy and peace in the form of Panchamukhi Vinayaka (five-headed Ganesha). His multiple heads are crowned uniformly, decorated with colorful stones. Dressed in pitambar, he shines brightly against the vermillion wall behind him as he sits on a raised dais. The color yellow is the color of purity, victory, and chastity. All five of Lord Ganesha’s heads denote different things. The Pancha Koshas, or five sheaths, in English, are parts that make up the human physique. The sheaths are as follows: Annamaya (food), Pranamaya (vital energy), Manomaya (mental), Vijnanamaya (wisdom), and Anandamaya (cosmic).
Worshipping this form of Lord Ganesha builds power so that human beings can regulate these five sheaths. It will involve renunciation, celestial affection, braveness, and more. In the painting, an offering of sweet modaks lies in front of him. His childish, round hands hold a noose, his broken tusk, a rosary, a battle-ax, a three-headed mallet, and the modak. The two other arms in the front are being held in Varadamudra and Abhayamudra. Lord Ganesha’s vahan (vehicle) Mushak the mouse stands in the bottom right corner of the painting, palms pressed together in prayer and submission of the devoted.
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