So, who is Ganesh? Well, Ganesh (sometimes referred to as Ganesha or Ganesa) is one of the most well-known and highly revered Hindu deities. He is easily recognizable because he has a man’s body and an elephant head. He is said to be the god of obstacles. He is often invoked when someone is undertaking a task that requires the removal of certain obstacles. But, he is also known to place obstacles in the way of those people whose actions need to be checked (sneaky, huh?!). He is said to be the son of Shiva and Parvati and the stories vary as to how he got his elephant head, but basically most stories agree that he was born a normal boy and that his father, Shiva, accidentally cut his head off in anger (not realizing that Ganesh was his son). When Shiva realized what he’d done he decided that he needed to save the boy by replacing the head with the first one that he could find. An enlightened elephant offered his head which when it was attached bought the boy (Ganesh) back to life. So, in the words of MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power this post is “dedicated to Ganesh, ’cause he’s so fresh!”.