Ganesha, the son of Parvati and Shiva, is one of the best-known and most worshipped Hindu deities. He is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, deva of intellect and wisdom. Considered as God of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.
Ganesha is potbellied and generally depicted holding ladoos in his hand, of which he is very fond. His vahana (vehicle) is the large Indian bandicoot rat.