Posted on: 9 May 2015

Ganesha, Lord of Obstacles
India, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region, 10th-11th century
Copper alloy

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Remover of obstacles... not lord of obstacles

You are right. Thanks!

I think Lord of obstacles is more appropriate. Vighneshwara is rightly Lord of obstacles. "Lordness" or Ishvaratva includes causing obstacles as well as removing them at the right time. This title includes a wider spread of the meaning.

Yes that's the truth!

How dis the item find its way to LA Museum - hope it was kosher!

Lord Ganesha's name as listed in the seventh place in the "ganapati stotram" is "Vighnaraj" meaning the Lord of Obstacles.If you appease the lord through singing his praise, he removes the obstacles. If you do not, he lets them remain in your path or puts new ones.