The remover of obstacles (Vignanayaka), the Lord of wisdom (Ganapati), the big bellied one (Lambodhara) are the many names for the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha, is regarded to be the remover of obstacles and hence he is invoked before starting any important work. He is known to have knowledge which is represented with his big belly and he is the one who has written Mahabharata as Veda Vyasa recited the epic. The elephant headed god is a beautiful representation of some great qualities one can possess an elephant is regarded to be the most intelligent (beings after humans and Ganesha has the ability to listen more than talk which is why he has big ears! He does not care for materialism and hence he does not have one of his ivory tusks and he is always rooted in reality which is why one of his legs is firmly rooted onto the ground. Even Mooshika (mouse) which is one of the restless animals finds his presence so powerful that it remains still. Such is the power of Ganesha which is beautifully described in this black and white Pattachitra where the artist has added a subtle peach colour.
Pattachitra, Tado Chitra and Tasar Chitra are art forms from Odisha , with the heritage village of Raghurajpur being the hub, with a history of over a thousand years. These paintings have a unique art form where Chitrakars have created some glorious paintings from the life and times of Lord Krishna, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Ganesha and Lord Jagannath. Pattachitras are made with natural colours on either cotton cloth (Patta), silk cloth (Tasar) or Palm leaf (Tado). The Geographical Indication (GI) status given to these paintings indicates the uniqueness of Pattachitra paintings. With a mix of classical and folk traditions Pattachitra, Tasar Chitra and Tado Chitra can easily blend into both traditional and contemporary homes. And, of course, as in the Puri Jagannath temple the Lord Jagannath Pattachitra can be adorned in the Puja room instead of the idols!