Ganesha is one of my most favorite Hindu Deities. He is known as the Lord of Good Fortune and the Remover of Obstacles. I always thought of him as the Hindu Santa Claus.
According to the Wikipedia, "It is widely believed that "Wherever there is Ganesh, there is Success and Prosperity" and "Wherever there is Success and Prosperity there is Ganesh". This is why Ganesh is believed to be the harbinger of good fortune, and why he is invoked first at any ritual or ceremony. Whether a new house, a new vehicle, students praying before the exams, or people praying before job interviews, it is Ganesha they pray to, because it is believed that he will come to their aid and grant them success in their endeavor."
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