Pre-Angkor period, Prasat Andet style, second half of 7th century
The elephant-headed deity Ganesha removes obstacles and is thus the god of success and good fortune; in this sense, he is a god of great importance for everyday existence. In Southeast Asia, images of Ganesha were often housed in independent temples where they were primary icons of worship. This is quite different from the South Asian conception of the god, where he usually makes an appearance in temples devoted to Shiva, his father.
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is the third such Ganesha Idol... /////There are only two images of Vinayakars with two arms in the world. One is at Pillaiyarpatti the other is in Afghanistan. The one at Afghanistan must have been made later, for it is in a standing posture and has a number of ornaments adorning it. The one at Pillaiyarpatti is in a sitting posture mediating.///// http://www.angelfire.com/vt2/svtyouthgroup/articles/pillaiyarpatti%5B1%5D.html
Ankor: a heavenly archeological site.
a 'never seen before' artistic work!
I have seen three more existing temples with two arms in KARNATAKA INDIA 1) at GOKARNA in the standing pose 2) iIdugunji near honnavr coastal karnataka 3) Hattiangadi near kundapur in sitting position