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Golden standing statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh - CB.3417

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Ganesh is one of the most widely revered deities in the Hindu pantheon. First emerging as a distinct deity in India during the Gupta Period, his image began to proliferate from the sixth century AD. There are several traditions regarding his parentage and the events that caused him to acquire the head of an elephant. One of the most widely accepted theories is that he was the son of Shiva and Parvati and was born with fully human features. On one occasion, angered by Ganesh’s closeness to Parvati, Shiva beheaded him in a fit of rage. He then replaced his original head with that of an elephant. Ganesh is venerated as a ‘remover of obstacles’ and a bestower of wealth, wisdom and success. - (CB.3417)


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