The Immortal Game
Ganapati, Ganesa, Gaja-anana
Associated Powers: Animal, Earth, Fire, Magic, Mystery, Prophecy, Psychopomp, Epic Intelligence, Epic Perception
Abilities: Academics, Athletics, Awareness, Command, Fortitude, Science
The elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati is the most popular of the Devas. As the God of good
luck and wisdom and the remover of obstacles, his name is invoked before any major undertaking, even before the names of Vishnu, Brahma or Shiva (a fact that particularly rankles his father). Ganesha is a hearty and robust figure, a survivor after many brushes with other deities (both Gods and demons). He received his elephant head shortly after birth, when a malevolent demon cursed the young Ganesha by wishing his head out of existence. Shiva replaced the head with the nearest one available: an elephant’s. (Ganesha later broke one of the elephant tusks in a tussle with his father while protecting his mother’s bathing ritual). Ganesha is also known for his scholarship, at which he excels above all the Gods. From his studies, he is often sought after as guru and advisor, using his vast knowledge to aid others in overcoming any problems. Ganesha has four arms, often seen holding his noose, conch, lotus and modaka (a sweet rice-ball, his favorite treat), while riding a giant rat, his preferred steed.
Ganesha is often seen in the mortal World, particularly at the many festivals devoted to him throughout the year among Hindu communities. When not celebrating himself, Ganesha can be found as anything from a successful life coach to a visiting scholar at a university, from a demolitions expert to a pastry chef.
The Scions of Ganesha are usually scholars of the same magnitude as their father: obsessive devotees of knowledge and information. Other Scions are generally those with a natural string of good luck, either born winners and horse-racing aficionados or young upstarts rising through the ranks of major corporations with ease.
His relationship with the goddess sisters Buddhi (intellect), Siddhi (spiritual power), and Riddhi (prosperity) is complicated.