Ganesha painting - Student to shopkeeper, movie producer to nuclear scientist, begin work by invoking Ganesha. Ganesha/ Ganapati (Ga = Knowledge; na = Salvation; esha/ pati = Lord) is represented as a short, pot-bellied figure with an elephant's head with one tusk, four arms, and yellow skin. In mythology, the elephant symbolizes devotion, patience and truth. His corpulent figure conveys prosperity as represented by the ladoos. In his hands, he holds a conch shell, a discus, a club, and a lotus. Ganesha rides on a mouse, signifying the unity of the small with the big. He is also the most widely worshipped deity. All ceremonies, religious or secular, begin with an invocation to Ganesha.