Also known as Ganesa or Ganesha (and many other names too), Ganesh is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal and Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesh is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists and beyond India.
Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesh’s elephant head makes him particularly easy to identify. He is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.