Gajananam (2022) is the first painting in my original Hindu Scripture series. Gajananam (Sanskrit: गजाननं) means “one with an elephant face.” It depicts Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god of beginnings, wisdom, and the remover of obstacles. He is portrayed with eight arms, each holding one of the Hindu symbols, including a trident, a mace, a conch shell, and a bowl of modaks (sweet dumplings) etc. At his feet is his vehicle, the mouse Mooshika. The Sanskrit verses in the background in praise of Lord Ganesha invoke him to bless one’s endeavors and remove all obstacles.
NOTE: The watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final print. Aanya is a 12-year-old amateur artist who currently lives in California. Aanya loves school, basketball and the Golden State Warriors, plays the piano and the veena (an Indian stringed instrument), creates DIY projects, and loves to doodle. Aanya’s Art4Earth was born from her desire to protect the planet we call home. All proceeds from this store go towards combating climate change.
April 13th, 2022
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