Lord Ganesha, the "One-Toothed", the Elephant headed Hindu god of good fortune and beginnings. He is the guardian of arts and sciences, the deva of intellect of wisdom and the patron of letters. He is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. Ganesha can be found all over Southeast Asia in many different forms and interpretations, in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
In his most common depiction he has four hands holding four items. The elephant goad to guide us to the correct path and free us from materialistic attachments. The noose to help us climb to our highest goals, his own broken tusk, a symbol of sacrifice and a bowl of his favourite delicacy, the laddoos which symbolize the sweet rewards of hard work. Some more of Ganesha’s most common attributes are the large ears to demonstrate his ability to listen and his large round belly, where all of the universe’s cosmic eggs are stored, the brahmāndas of past, present and future.
His vahana – his mount and pet – is the humble mouse which lovingly offers him a candy. Like an elephant and like a mouse obstacles are nothing for Ganesha. As their master not only can he remove them but also place them in the path of people who need to be restrained. So since Ganesha is a gatekeeper of sorts his image is often on doorways and entrances, and he is always honoured at the start of ceremonies.
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