Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati is always worshipped before starting anything new and before all other Gods since he is thought to make life stress and obstacle free.
He is the Elephant God – depicting the best of human traits that are needed in any person.
Ganesha has a big elephant head signifying a wise mind capable of thinking and making sensible decisions.
His big ears along with his small mouth signify the importance of listening over talking.
His trunk shows his might as well as his sensitivity. He can pick up a tree from the ground as well as a pin with the same trunk depending on the occasion and need
He has a broken and unbroken tusk to show that ups and downs are a part of life and have to be treated equally.
His big stomach signifies the need to digest and retain information. Knowledge is important in any walk of life.
This year when I worship him on Ganesh Chaturthi (Aug 27th), I pray that I can be like him (no – not the elephant head part 🙂 ) and thus be a better person and mother