Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, in western India. He is the elephant-headed son of the Hindu gods Shiva and Parvati, and is widely worshipped throughout India. All who venerate and worship Ganesh will be able to overcome the vicissitudes and obstacles in life. The image of Ganesh is found in shops and stores and businesses. Beginning in the late 19th cent., the birthday of Ganesh became a central religious and political festival throughout western India.