Ganesha refers to the 'Lord of the Hosts' in Hinduism, also spelled as Ganesa and Ganesh and often referred to as Ganapati. He is one of the most well-known and venerated representations of God (Brahman). Lord Ganesh is considered to be the God who has the ability to bestow wisdom and wealth upon humans. All the new undertakings, whether at place of work or at home, start by reciting the mantra of Lord Ganesha. He is known as the God of good luck and prosperity. Before any auspicious occasion, Hindus performs the puja of Lord Ganesha, to achieve success in it.
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.