Ganesha, the elephant headed God is the God of wisdom and prosperity. He is remover of all the obstacles. He is four armed and is extremely brilliant. In India he is a highly revered God and no prayer or auspicious function starts without an invocation of him. Ganesha is known as the son of Shiva and Parvathi. Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, is immediately recognizable as the elephant-headed god. He is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles, and consequently the sign of auspiciousness. It is customary to begin cultural events, for example, by propitiating Ganesh, and older Sanskrit works invoked his name at their commencement. Ganesh is said to have written down the Mahabharata from the dictation of Vyasa.