In the moments leading up to his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, the Buddha was attacked by the armies of Mara. The armies came wielding many weapons…..bows, arrows, tridents, and swords. However, as they approached the sitting Siddhartha, their armaments were transformed into flowers, which then showered him like offerings.
The mighty elephant-headed god Ganapati, also known as Ganesh, provides wealth and success to devotees, and is frequently found in places of business in India. He is pictured here surrounded by treasures and bodhisattvas. The wish-fulfilling jewel above his head helps his followers understand the dharma and attain enlightenment. When his image is placed over a doorway, he ensures a safe journey and return home. Ganapati can help those who call on him to overcome any obstacle.