With his large elephant head and human body, Ganesh is one of the most recognizable Hindu deities. Ganesh is worshiped before all other deities because he serves the dual purpose of being a supreme being with the power to either remove obstacles and ensure success or put obstacles in the way of those whose ambition has turned destructive. Ganesh is the son of Shiva, the deity of destruction, and Parvati, the goddess of fertility and creation. The first deity to awaken during our spiritual meditation is Ganesh, who leads us on the right path by removing the hurdles our own minds have put in our way. Ganesh is represented by symbols throughout South and Southeast Asia.