गणेश), is one of the best-known and
deities in the
is found throughout
India. Hindu sects
worship him regardless of other affiliations. Devotion to
widely diffused and extends
to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.
Although he is known by many other
attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify.
Ganesha is widely
revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of
Lord of Obstacles (Vighnesha,
Vighneshvara), patron of arts and sciences, and the
deva of intellect