(‘Gaṇapati, the boy’)

Among the several gods of the Hindu pantheon, Gaṇapati, the elephant-headed god is one of the most widely worshipped. Temples to him are also legion.

There are several aspects of Gaṇapati, of which Bāla-Gaṇapati is one. He is represented iconographically as a boy, holding a mango, a plantain, a jack-fruit and a sugar-cane in his four hands. With his trunk he holds a wood-apple. His colour is that of the rising sun.

See also GAṆAPATI.