(also Ganesha /-ˈnāSHə/)
- an elephant-headed deity, son of Shiva and Parvati. Worshiped as the remover of obstacles and patron of learning, he is usually depicted colored red, with a potbelly and one broken tusk, riding a rat. Also called Ganapati.
from Sanskrit Gaṇeśa 'lord of the ganas' (Shiva's attendants)