Ganesh
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Ganesh is the Hindu god of success and remover of evil and obstacles from your path. He rules over
education, knowledge, health and wisdom. He is the destroyer of pride and selfishness. One must go to
him first before others. He has the face of an elephant. As with all Hindu gods and goddesses every part
of their body and everything they hold has a specific meaning. His head represents wisdom and his trunk
represents OM, the cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesh holds a goad, which helps him propel
mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way.

The noose in Ganesh’s left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties. The broken tusk that
Ganesh holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the
Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous.

The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman
(The spiritual life principle of the Universe or The Soul of Enlightenment). His fan-like ears convey that
he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is
humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.

His parents are Shiva and Parvati. Shiva decreed that all people shall worship Ganesh and call his name
before any endeavors. Saying this mantra before endeavors “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” will help
you to remove obstacles and purse your goals.
Offerings to Ganesh
Ganesh's Favorite Foods are mostly Sweets and Fruits. Good Foods for his Offerings are:

Plantains, sacred plants, edible green grasses and flowers.  Ganesha is also fond of fruits like
bananas, mangoes and guavas and coconuts. Ganesh also loves prepared foods made of grains,
spices, nuts, chick peas, grated coconut, rice, lentils, mustard seeds, red chilies and curry
leaves. He also loves doughnut type foods like
Vada, Boondi Laddoo, and Chaturthi Laddu. He
also loves rice cooked in sweetened and reduced milk.
Essay by Nicole Alexander
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