A rather heavily armoured Ganesha depiction; wielding a rather weaponized Svastika and an Ankush (an ‘elephant goad’, although symbolic of ‘control’)
Art, once again, by Kaizen Moksh.
We are reminded, of course, of that prominent Ganesha mantra – the first line of RV II 23, which in its original context had been a Brihaspati hailing:
[ ॐ ] गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् ।
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम् ॥
Ghaṇānāṃ tvā ghaṇapatiṃ havāmahe
Of the Tribes [of Prayer], You are Lord of the Tribes [of Prayer], we invoke Thee
The Kavi of the Kavis [‘Poet of / amongst Poets’, ‘Wise amidst the Wise’], and the Highest (Upama) and Most Emphatic (Tamam) Shravas [‘Glory / (Shouted) Renown / Praise’]
Jyeṣṭharājaṃ brahmaṇāṃ brahmaṇas pata
Jyestha [‘Firstborn / Pre-Eminent’] Raja [‘Lord / King’] of Pious Invocations [‘Brahmanam’]; Lord of Prayers [‘Brahmanaspati’]
ā naḥ ṣṛṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam ||
[Please] Hear us [and] grant Aid, being Seated in this Place [‘Seat’ amongst us – at the Rite in Your Honour].
जय गणेश, जय गणेश, जय गणेश देवा ।
माता जाकी पार्वती, पिता महादेवा ॥
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