Ganesha Paintings - The Centrepiece of Every Hindu Household

He is loved and adored by all, he is the God we all pray to remove all obstacles in life, and every time we take a new step in life, we all chant his name from the deepest cores of our hearts. Lord Ganesha is one of the most revered Hindu Gods in India and overseas. He is considered the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and brother of Lord Kartikeya, who is a predominant God worshipped in South India.

A god so celebrated, his presence in every household is considered increasingly auspicious and fruitful. Ganesha paintings and Ganesha art make an appearance in every space - be it your office, home, car, or study table, the versatility of the art forms that Ganesha is represented through enables people to make their beliefs a part of their homely aesthetics. Sculptures, pictures, idols, or paintings, any art form is able to encompass the beauty of the figure of Lord Ganesha.

Ganapati paintings, over the years, have become efficient and versatile in nature - they come as traditional Indian paintings - Kalighat, Classical Indian Art, Pattachitra, Madhubani, and Tanjore - and the modern renditions reflect themselves through abstract paintings, sculptures, and digital media.

Today, we tell you why Ganesh paintings are the centerpiece of every household, how the most humble figure of Lord Ganesha symbolizes righteousness, intelligence, and power. We also tell you different types of Indian Ganesha paintings to decorate your home with, bringing you one step closer to witness the divinity of Lord Ganesha.

  • The symbolic figure of Lord Ganesha

The beauty of Ganpati art allows us to welcome it any way we wish to and part of it comes from the various symbolic meanings that are attached to this deity.

  1. One thing that always stands out in Ganesha paintings is the elephant head of Lord Ganesha. The story behind it is something that we have all heard as little children - in a fit of rage, Shiva had beheaded Ganesha. In order to revive him, an elephant head was immediately placed on Ganesha thus making him the elephant-headed deity. This peculiar feature in Ganesha Art signifies wisdom, intelligence, and the wit to possess all the knowledge and intellect.
  2. The ears of Lord Ganesha in Ganpati paintings symbolize the power of the deity to listen to all the woes of his worshippers and help them in their tough times.
  3. The big beloved belly of Lord Ganesha in Ganesh Paintings which makes him a favorite amongst children symbolizes generosity, acceptance, and the ability to experience the good and bad things in life as they come.
  4. For people who believe in Vaastu, when a Ganpati art depicts the trunk to the left, it is believed to be the ‘feminine energy’ and on the other hand, when it is shown facing the right side, it is considered to be the ‘masculine energy’.
  5. The axe in his hand rightly represents its other name, Vighnaharta, the one who removes all obstacles. Such Ganesha paintings encourage us to follow the path of righteousness, truth and to face any obstacles that we face in life.
  6. Paintings that mostly depict him with an upraised hand are the ultimate gesture of the Lord who blesses us with his love and affection and protecting us from any negative energy.
  7. Ganesha’s beloved vahana, the mouse, is a part of his symbolism too. The humbleness of Lord Ganesha in choosing a small mouse as his vahana is a reflection of his beliefs in equality and vanquishing the human ego.
  • The depiction of Ganesha in Indian artworks

The symbolism behind Ganesha art is versatile. In various parts of the world, he is celebrated as a deity in different ways and hence, his distinctive features are depicted in every Indian painting differently.  It cuts through religion, cultures and art - eventually producing delightful forms of art.

If a Pattachita painting will depict Ganesha in a durbar or in various avatars meticulously showcased in a single artwork, then a Kalighat painting will show Ganesha in the simplest of its forms with bold colors and clean strokes. A more detailed portrayal of Ganesha is found in Classical Indian art, courtesy of the different miniature art schools - elaboratrely dressed, red-bodied Ganesha on his magnificent vahana, the mushak. Or Ganesha surrounded by his wives - Siddhi, Buddhi, and Riddhi.

The options are endless and these very options are the reason we find a perfect Ganpati art to place in our home. 


October 19, 2021 — Team Bimba