This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu God, Ganesh and the Goddess Lakshmi. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears atop the pot-bellied body of a four-armed man. He is the lord of success and the destroyer of evils and obstacles, worshiped as the God of education, wisdom, and wealth. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity in Hinduism. Therefore, she is praised and worshiped to bring in success, fame, and happiness into every individual’s life. The word Lakshmi is derived from Sanskrit word “Laksya” which means “goal”. Therefore, one who practices a virtuous life is believed to be blessed by Goddess Lakshmi who helps the person find the right path in life. She is also known as the female supreme being called “Shri” or “Mahalakshmi”.
During Diwali, both Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh are placed together on the same altar since they are synonymous to “Shubh Labh”, and worshipped to seek their blessings. Goddess Lakshmi is placed on the left and Lord Ganesh on the right. It is also a significant festival for businessmen. It is when merchants open their new accounts and pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh for a bigger increase in trade, and smooth sailing. Due to the significance of their blessings, they are worshiped together. It is said that if one offers prayer to both the deities in a ritualistic manner he/she is blessed with lifelong happiness, success and spiritual wisdom.
The print is believed to be around 70 years old.
Size: 54cm x 38cm
It is important to understand that these are not just images of Gods; they are Gods - Gods incarnate in their printed image. During puja (worship) the Gods are invited to descend into their images and are treated as guests. Offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets are placed before these prints, prayers chanted to them, incense burned before them, and garlands of marigolds are hung around their frames.
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some chips in the frame, that come with daily use and age. The print is mounted in its original frame and glass which is very rare to come across these days. The print has been left exactly how it was from its time of use. The glass might be marked and dusty but this all adds to it's beautiful and Holy life of being worshiped daily.
In the period following independence in 1947 in India, the religious print business in India grew dramatically in its scale and diversity. All the prints I import from India are from this era and are a lot more colorful and bold in comparison to the very early prints in the late 1800's.
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