What You Need to Know About Ganesh: Remover of Obstacles

Manoj Chalam walks us through the basics about the Hindu deity Ganesh.

Nestled in the sandy dunes of northeast India is the bustling trade town of Pushkar, known best for its annual camel fair and its offerings of year-round camel desert safaris, popular with young and broke backpackers. The ancient stone streets are overflowing with small kiosks and stores offering goods made from buffalo leather, colorful Rajasthani tapestries, and brass statues of Hindu deities. On the corner of one meandering and winding cobblestone street Sadar Kishan Singh Sardar, an artist who goes by the name of Kikasso, sells hand-painted canvases, most of which prominently feature Ganesh.

Ganesh, also known as Ganesha or Ganapati, is the Hindu god of new beginnings, wisdom, and knowledge. This significance is interesting when considering Kikasso’s journey: According to Kikasso, it was Lord Ganesh who gave him his name, and who, when Kikasso was already in his mid-fifties, inspired the would-be painter to pursue his passion, thus granting him a new beginning.

Learn more about Ganesh and his significance to Hindus in this short video, narrated by Manoj Chalam.

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mitch bioMitch Gerbus is an adventure-seeker and lover of nature, and was on the ski slopes from age three. His passion for cinematography led him from the Sierra Nevadas to New York City, where he is known for his unique talent interpreting and capturing the essence of video footage. As Wanderlust Media’s Video Producer and Creative Media Developer, Mitch enjoys applying his video skills to the yoga and wellness practices he has cultivated over the past decade. Get to know Mitch at www.mitchgerbus.com.