In Hinduism, Ganesha refers to the “lord of the hosts,” also spelled as Ganesa and Ganesh, often also referred to as Ganapati) – and is one of the most well-known and venerated representations of God (Brahman).
He is the first born son of Shiva and Parvati, and the husband of Bharati, Riddhi and Siddhi. He is also called Vinayaka in Marathi, Malayalam and Kannada, Vinayagar and Pillayar (in Tamil), and Vinayakudu in Telugu.
‘Ga’ symbolizes Buddhi (intellect) and ‘Na’ symbolizes Vijnana (wisdom). Ganesha is thus considered the master of intellect and wisdom.