Elephant Sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens

With my interest in elephants, I was pleased to see elephant art at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet.

“Trumpeting Elephant” by Alexander Phimister Proctor is an elephant striding forward, head raised trumpeting.

Raising Its Trunk

“Elephant” by Paul Troubetzkoy is an elephant without tusks standing quietly, one forefoot behind the other, back humped and trunk lowered.

Elephant Statue

Row of Elephants at the Temple

The water feature at BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia is decorated with a row of elephant sculptures.

In India the elephant is a symbol for power, dignity, intelligence and peace. Elephants in Hinduism and the Indian Culture are a symbol of intellectual strength, and sturdy earthy mental strength. Elephants, in general, symbolize the qualities of wisdom, strength, courage, longevity, patience, honor, and stature.

Row of Elephants at the Temple

A Multi-faced Ganesha

Heramba Ganapati at Shilparamam, Hyderabad. The elephant-headed Ganesha, remover of obstacles and god of good fortune, is one of the most beloved of Hindu gods. Also known as Ganapati, he is invoked before the start of any action or endeavor.
In Tantric tradition there are as many as thirty-two manifestations of Ganesha, each with its own name and iconography. One of the most popular of these is Heramba Ganapati, who has five heads and ten arms. A beautiful wood piece, intricately carved, of this form is shown below.

A Multi-faced Ganesha

Heramba Ganesh