An introductory video about Ganesha
Even those of you who are not very familiar with Hinduism have probably seen pictures of, or heard about “The Elephant God.” His name is Ganesha.
In the Hindu tradition, all worship must begin with the invocation of Lord Ganesha (also called Lord Ganesh). The story goes that Ganesha became the lord of all existing beings because he won a race around the universe against his brother Kartikay. When they were told to start the race Ganesha simply walked around Shiva and Parvati, his father and mother, the source of all existence. All the other deities applauded his spiritual insight and named him the winner.
The acceptance of the unusual elephant-headed man as a divine force quiets the rational mind and it’s doubts, forcing one to look beyond outer appearances. This is how Ganesha creates the faith to remove all obstacles. He forces one to look beyond form and to see the spiritual side of everything. Therefore Ganesha is often worshipped to remove obstacles.