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Positions & postures of Lord Ganesha

The sculptures of Indian gods and deities and other heavenly beings depicting different postures and hip movements have been encouraged and influenced by the art of dancing. Therefore, one needs to be groomed in the fundamentals of what constitutes ethnic and ancient Indian art. There’s nothing bewildering or amazing if western people express their true feelings about such artistic expressions of Indian gods’ that could be misunderstood or misinterpreted.

The stand positions, sometimes, show an inflexible stance akin to Vishnu or the Tirthankara. Therefore such positions are referred to as abhanga (without any benting or stooping positions), samapada or samabhanga. Such multiple curvatures of a god with a rotund belly evoke a special feeling or sentiment. Often, the body during an abhanga posture exhibits a majestic double-bending (dvibhanga) or a three fold-bending (tribhanga).

The hipped positions of Ganesh are on a level that easily transcends human levels. When Lord Ganesha has a standing posture, one of his feet is firmly grounded while the other rests on His mount, the rat which is often quite gargantuan. The dancing nautch girls and Apsaras depicted on the temples of Khajuraho and Konark make us aware that they were the consorts of the gods. The origin of such art is steeped and mired in divinity and the underlying motive of such artistic depictions is very pious: to pay homage to the gods.

It is not for nothing that the dancer contorts and twists into so many complex postures and positions just for the heck of it. The traditional forms of classical Indian dances like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi or Odissi, have their own significance. It can be a very painful experience. Conventionally, there are 108 known postures or stances of Bharata- Natyam. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    positions of ganesha in bharatnatym

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