Sri Ganesha the Remover of Obstacles
Ganesh or Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles.
Ganesh is also considered the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.
Ganesha is known by many other attributes, such as Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Pillaiyar, but his elephant head makes him particularly easy to identify.
He is one of the deities best known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.