Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, protector, and the patron of arts and sciences, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easily recognizable. He abides in the first chakra, is associated with beginnings in rituals and ceremonies and is connected to the sound OM or AUM. The statues come in various sizes and materials including bronze, volcanic stone, and precious gemstone.
The word Buddha literally means ‘one who knows’ and has been connected with other individuals than Siddhartha Gautama. Throughout the Eastern World there are several various depictions of Buddha but his peacefulness and mindfulness are always apparent. Buddhas are usually available in sizes from 2 – 14 inches and made from various materials. Many of these statues can be used inside for meditation rooms or outside in garden areas.
The Happy Buddha or Laughing Buddha goes by many different names throughout the East. Hotei is often confused as the Buddha, when in actuality he is of Chinese origin. His name means ‘cloth sack’ signifying the sack he carries around with him. He is always shown smiling or laughing and is well known for his giving nature.
Tara is a female bodhisattva, known as the mother of liberation who represents the virtues of success in work and achievement. She is associated with Tibetan Tantric Meditation to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness.