ganesha is a son of shiva and parvati, and is considered as the master of intellect and wisdom. he is depicted as a big-bellied yellow or red god with four arms and the head of a one-tusked elephant, riding or attended to by a mouse.

ganesha is known as aumkara, because his body mirrors the shape of the aum, the elephant god is thus seen as the embodiment of the cosmos. his elephantine head symbolizes the intelligence and beatitude of the elephant, powerful, yet gentle. he is the lord of wisdom, intelligence, education, prudence, luck and fortune, gates, doors, doorways, household and writing.

ganesha is the remover of obstacles, and as such it is normal to invoke him before the undertaking of any task. the wide ears denote wisdom, ability to listen to people who seek help and of the spiritual truth. they signify the importance of listening in order to assimilate ideas. ears are used to gain knowledge.

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