Lord of Obstacles, Ganesha removes them or puts them in our way to protect us from trouble.
He is always the first to be worshipped during any ritual and is the most approachable deity who sets the foundation for any undertaking. The son of Shiva and Parvati, His big belly holds the cosmos and his trunk represents OM, the cosmic sound of creation. His elephant head represents superior intelligence as he clears the mind so pure consciousness can flourish. He holds a lotus flower that represents the supreme consciousness that pervades all, the lasso he holds is for capturing the things in life that keep us from realizing our true conscious Self, he holds a bowl of prasad or blessed sweets representing the sweetness of a life of devotion and communion with God.