Gajalakshmi

This is Gajalakshmi, identified by the lotus in her hands and the four elephants lustrating her. The elephants represent the four cardinal directions. The upturned Kalasa is just above Gajalakshmi’s head.

There are a few Gajalakshmis on this website. See the seated Gajalakshmi for more information.

The earrings, tiara, dome-shaped base, serrated rim of the base all suggest this Gajalakshmi is from Odisha or Bengal.

Features to note include Gajalakshmi’s sharp nose, bulging eyes (suggesting folk influence), the way elephants are supported on Gajalakshmi’s arm and the arrangement of the four elephants.

This Vigraha is about 22.5 cm tall. The vigraha is, probably, the youngest one in my collection and may not qualify for antique classification. Hinduism is a living religion and metal casting is a living art. The Gajalakshmi is included here to show the varieties in the depictions and to acknowledge this artist’s creativity. Talking about variety below is the collage of Gajalakshmis featured on this website.

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