(‘Lord of obstacles, dear to the devotees’)

Gaṇapati or Gaṇeśa, the elephant-faced god of the Hindu pantheon is one of the most popular and widely worshipped deities. He has a very large variety of aspects and Bhakta-Vighneśvara, also called Bhakta-Gaṇapati, is one of them.

Iconographical works describe him as shining like the autumnal moon. He has four hands in which he carries a coconut, a mango fruit, a lump of sugar and a cup of pāyasa (pudding). In some descriptions a plantain replaces the lump of sugar.

See also GAṆAPATI.