Ganesha, one of the most popular deities in Hinduism, has a child's body and an elephant's head. On city streets - particularly in festivals and wedding processions, in temple compounds and in fields and forests - the elephant acts as a powerful link between the past and the present, the spiritual and the mundane.
Indian elephants, called kumkies when they have been tamed, are still used for labor, and as the tallest animals, in festivals to carry the religious images. widely represented in posters, wall paintings, and in architecture, elephants appear as stone or wood carvings on capitals, ornamental brackets, and keystones.
Every Indian home has at least one idol of this cheeky lovable elephant God and I know many friends who have enviable collections of him....in brass, wood, jade, silver, gold, glass, clay, ceramic....you name it!
Here are some images of the ever present Ganesha....in various forms!
In this house in Rajasthan, the elephant's trunk forma the graceful handrail on a small staircase.