A Ganesha statue is one of the most popular figures not only in India but all over the world. He is recognizable to most people of different faiths because of his elephant head and human body.  Who is this Hindu god? What is his history?

Ganesh is also known as Ganesha, Pillaiyar, Vinayaka, and Ganapati. He is easily identifiable because of his elephant-shaped appearance. He is actually the son of Shiva the destroyer and Parvati, the goddess of fertility and love. He was shaped by Parvati from the earth and made into a boy. Shiva was not present in their home when Ganesh was created. When he arrived, he thought that Ganesh was lying about being his son. Out of anger, he lopped off his head. Fortunately, Parvati arrived and told Shiva that he was really their son. To make up for what he did, he looked for another head to give to his son. The first animal available was an elephant—and that was how he became the god with an elephant head.

Ganesh is revered in Hindu mythology. He is known to be full of wisdom, which is why putting a Ganesha statue can invite knowledge into the home or office. He is also known as the Lord of Good Fortune. You can depend on the Ganesha statue to provide you prosperity and success whether in business or in your career.

You have a variety of choices when it comes to Ganesha statues. You can get figures of Ganesh together with Lakshmi. You also have figurines that are designed with turquoise and precious stones. There are also Ganesh statues carved in stone. A sitting Ganesh figure made of brass is also an ideal statue that you can add to your collection. Make sure to buy it from a reputable retailer known for its high-quality selection of Indian handicrafts.