Amongst Hindus, the god Ganesh is invoked before every undertaking. He is a chubby,
smiling, elephant-headed deity who was the first son of Shiva and Parvati. He sits on a throne or lotus, and is often found above temple gateways, in shops, houses and
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In his arms he holds a conch, a discus, a bowl of sweets and a water lily and he is always attended by his vehicle, a rat. Ganesh
is credited with having written the Mahabharata (the most popular of the epic Hindu texts), as dictated by the sage Vyasa, and he is regarded as a god of learning,
success, prosperity and peace.