Parad Ganapati or Ganesha,
idol made of solidified mercury . The Lord of Ganas, the elephant faced God, represents the
power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures
success in human endeavors. Ganesha is revered as the son
of the Shiva and Parvati,
and is always honored first in most worship services and rituals.
Ganesha is also known as Ganapati, Vigneswara, Vinayaka, Gajamukha
Parad Ganesha is worshipped for siddhi, success in
undertakings, and buddhi, intelligence.
He is worshipped before any venture is started.
He is also the God of education, knowledge and wisdom, literature,
and the fine arts.
Ganesha is also one of the five Gods the worship of whom was
popularised by Adi Shankaracharya; the other four are Vishnu,
Shiva, Devi and Surya.
The worship of these five deities is called the pancayatana
puja. In some cases, a sixth God, Skanda is also worshipped.