Ganesha, Hindu god of wisdom
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Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshiped Hindu gods. The Elephant-headed god is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. He is also revered in Jainism and Buddhism. As he is the Lord of all obstacles, Ganesha is invoked at the beginning of any ritual, project or venture to sucessfully complete it without running into any obstacle. He is the legendary scribe who wrote down the Indian epic Mahabharata when Rishi Vyasa narrated it. His birthday, Ganesh Chaturdhi, is celebrated all over India with great fervour, though it assumes gigantic proportions in the cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune.