The Heramba-roopa of Lord Ganesha is one of the little-known thirty-two forms of the son of Shiva. In the watercolour that you see on this page, He is depicted clad in a dhoti of red silk and adornments aplenty; a plethora of weapons in His right hands and symbols of vidya (pothi or manuscript), compassion (padma or lotus), life (amrta-kalasha or pot of life-giving elixir), piety (rosary), and innocence (laddoos) in His left hands. In the fold of His anteriormost hands He bears His two wives, Buddhi and Siddhi, who stand for intellect and accomplishment respectively
On the hindleg of the simhavahana is a tattoo of the trishoola (trident), which is indicative of the noble parentage of Lord Heramba (He is son of Lord Shiva and Devi Durga). The lion trots along a peaceful green landscape strewn with fresh blooms, the necklaces around its gigantic throat tinkling with leonine motion. The pale azure of the skies in the backdrop set off the scarlets and oranges in the foreground.