Ganesh, one of the five prime Hindu deities.
This beautiful Ganesha figurine is handmade by Tibetan monks, the core materials used sandstone & resin.
Size: 10cm(L)*9cm(W)*13cm(H) / 3.9"*3.5"*5.1"
Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he's considered the God of beginnings.
There are a few different stories of Ganesha’s birth, but the most well-known one is that Shiva’s wife Parvati wanted to take a bath while Shiva was away but there was no one to guard the door. So she formed a little boy from clay and breathed life into him. She instructed him not to let anyone in while she bathed.
A little while later Shiva returned and was furious that the boy at the door would not let him in to see his wife. In his rage, he cut off the boy’s head. Parvati came rushing out and was horrified by what Shiva had done. She told him that this was their son.
Full of remorse, Shiva hurried to find a replacement head and a young elephant was the first creature he came across. So he took the elephant’s head to restore Ganesha and brought him back to life.
His elephant head actually had the symbolism of intellect. The elephant trunk is symbolic for the ability to discriminate between things, aiding one in new beginnings.
It is revered to have a Ganesha in an entranceway.