Ganesh is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Ganesh has been represented with the head of an elephant since the early stages of his appearance in Indian art. Puranic myths provide many explanations for how he got his elephant head. The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesh was born with a human head and body and that Shiva beheaded him when Ganesh came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesh's original head with that of an elephant.
Ganesha is revered as the Lord of Obstacles, both of a material and spiritual nature. He is popularly worshipped as a remover of obstacles, though traditionally he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked.
This beautiful A3 poster is a reproduction from a painting in Indian miniature style by a modern master of the art.