Ganesh Idols: God in the form of Stone

Apart from the spiritual and religious significance of lord Ganesh in the Hindu mythology and its widespread influence in the religious rituals and practices among the people what is most important about this elephant headed god is its artistic aspects that for generations drawn the artistic interest of painters, sculptors and craftsmen of all types. The stone curved Ganesh idols or more formally to say, the relic of Ganesh, the god in the form of stone is one of the most commonly featured deities across the temples and religious places in India and the sub continent. Through this diverse range of stone relics of Ganesh various artistic orientations and influences of different artistic traditions can be experienced in their most beautiful and vivid expressions. Here we would introduce some of the most beautiful sculptural expressions of Ganesh Idols, the relics of the god in the form of stone from various places. 13th Century Hoysala Dynasty Stone Relic depicting Seated Lord Ganesh Hoysala dynasty in the 13th century of erstwhile princely state of Mysore, presently in the state of Karnataka, India is well known for its great artistic tradition of stone sculpture. This seated Ganesh idol depicts the god in the form of stone in all its artistic exuberance incorporating all the decorative aspects of the delicate stone carvings so special of that time. The blackish golden hue of the ancient stone with the ornamented floral arch that surrounds the sculpture is a visual delight for the people with a knack for historicity and spiritual artifacts.
Khairatabad Ganesh This gigantic statue of Ganesh is rather a modern one. Khairatabad in Hyderabad has a great tradition of putting up large life like Ganesh statues every year that are immersed in water at the end of 9 days long Ganesh Chaturthi Festival held throughout Hyderabad. This statue apart from its size is particularly important for its colorful glorification of the lord of the obstacles Ganesh. Three meter height 13th Century Seated Ganesh Statue in East Java, Indonesia This seated Ganesh idol is in the historical remnant of Bara Temple, Tuliskaiyo Village in East Java region of Indonesia. This is one of the many Ganesh idols found in the South East Asia and altogether there are the proof of the lasting impression and influence of the almighty lord Ganesh and Indian mythological influence abroad. This statue of Ganesh depicts the god in the form of stone in its most ancient avatar. Though the artistic exposure in this statue is not much notable but so ancient a statue away from the mainland India signifies the profound impact of Indian religious cult in other parts of Asia. Though the Ganesh idols or the depiction of the god in the form of stone has always been a subject of artistic enthusiasm and excellence and in the modern time also we have seen this deity to feature in the artistic persuasion of so many artists of different tastes and orientations, we limited ourselves here in relating only the historical ones because of their tested significance in exposing the deity in all spiritual aspects.

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