Since he happens to be the god of learning and the remover of
obstacles, besides being bestower of success, he is invoked at
the beginning of all religious and social functions. This special
prayer cloth is worn on days when prayers are held to propitiate
Lord Ganesha. The yellow field has the invocation mantra written
in saffron repeatedly all over in Sanskrit. Four oval shaped
spaces with a red background hold the image of the Lord himself.
This is a rarely represented image with of Ganesha having six
arms, dancing on his vehicle, the mouse. Here Ganesha holds a
battle axe, an attribute held by Brhaspati also. Ganesha-purana
claims that the noose and the elephant goad were given to him by
Vishwakarma, the architect of the gods. Here Ganesha also holds a
mace in one of his upper left hand, and a bowl full of modaks in
the lower one.
The rat on which Ganesha dances are the symbol of the Self, which
enjoys all pleasures without concern about vice or virtue which
On a red narrow border is also the invocation chant. On the
vertical border, there is a bread section in saffron with 'Aum'
(Hinduism's holiest mantra) written on it.
This description by Renu Rana
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