Ganesha affirms life by celebrating in its pleasures and beauty. As the Remover of Obstacles and the God of success, Ganesha is honored throughout Indian and in Hindu cultures, at both secular and religious ceremonies. When someone launches a new business or moves into a new home, for example, the elephant-headed god is invoked to bless the venture.
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshippers first acknowledge when they visit a temple. His image is traditionally placed where new houses are to be built; he is honored at the start of a journey or business venture, and poets traditionally invoke him at the start of a book. Ganesh is also a patron of letters and of learning; he is the legendary scribe who, using his commonly held broken tusk, wrote down parts of the Mahabharata Epic. In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type ofbloodshed.Ganesh's characteristic potbelly is usually bound around with a cobra. Thecobrais an animal usually associated with Shiva, a reminder that Ganesh is his son.