“His four arms stand for His immense power in helping humanity. The noose and goad borne in two of His hands stand for His all-pervasiveness and grace. The broken tusk held in the right hand shows that He is the refuge for all. His huge belly is indicative of His tolerance and also signifies that all things, the entire Universe, are contained in Him. His feet stand for the bestowal of siddhi and buddhi, attainment of desires and knowledge. The modaka (sweet goody) in His hand is symbolic of jnana, conferring bliss. His mount, the shrew, represents the worldly desires which are to be overcome.” - M. Arunachalam, Festivals of Tamil Nadu.
Lord Vinayaka, Ganesha or Vigneshwara as one of the foremost Hindu Gods is known as, is considered to be the icon for learning, knowledge, success and dispeller of vignas or bad omens. It is hence note worthy to observe that all Hindus offer prayers to him first before undertaking any task so that the evil eye might not affect the assignment and success would come through. In Hinduism, worship of Vinayaka is an essential ritual before a child is introduced to writing or learning the alphabet. His worship ensures that the road to learning or achieving success becomes less arduous for Ganesha bestows his strength and blessings on all who worship him.
This pooja mandapam is a dedication to Lord Ganesha and is a certain means to receive his benevolent grace each day that we bow our heads to him in prayer, at our homes our work. Seated on a squared base, this puja cabinet exudes benign charm and subtle grace, being made of seasoned rosewood. The structure appears as if it is being carried by the curved feet to the front. Between the two front feet is a hanging engraving fixed beneath the border of the moulded base. On the top of the perimeter of the base, a beautiful symmetrical design runs through. The puja draw is mounted atop the base, the frontal part of which sports a circular engraving. From over the draw run two pairs of finely carved wooden pillars which progress to the top holding the roof of the structure as it gently hovers over the image of the lord. At the base of this vestibular cabin, a circumambulating etched design is run through around the central mandala which also is an engraved rosette in the centre of the pedestal. At the either side run short parapets as the pillars rise to the top from their midst.
The roof of the temple is shaped into a pyramidal structure divided into four steps, which sport four urushringas from all the four corners of each step. Between these posts runs a finely carved cresting along the visible structure and at the pinnacle the kalasha of the temple dome is topped by a threesome finial rising into the air.A simple yet sublimely crafted puja mandir which should satiate the lord as he pervades his divine presence around the vicinity of the cubicle.Top