Ganesha is seated on a lotus flower base. In his hand he holds a noose, an elephant goad and a bowl of sweets -'ladoos' and his front right hand held up in the abhaya mudra or "fear not" hand position. The noose is to convey that worldly attachments and desires are a noose. The goad is to prod man to the path of righteousness and truth. With this goad Ganesha can both strike and repel obstacles. Ganesha's trunk is pointed to the left. It is the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders. A snake, or Naga, is worn around his waist like a belt representing human emotions, such as fear and pride, that we must learn to subdue. The Naga snake is also one of the sacred symbols of Ganesha’s father, Lord Shiva. Ganesha's vehicle; a rat is on the base portraying to eat the ladoo which shows a unique combination of wisdom, intelligence and presence of mind.