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    This dancing, elephant-headed creature is Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings in the Hindu religion. He is surrounded by objects that relate to his personality and his role as the obstacle remover. Before beginning a school year or taking a trip, Hindus often pray to Ganesha for assistance. What special things do you do to prepare for your first day of school or a long trip?


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    Ganesha loves to eat radishes and sweets.

    Ganesha uses a large axe to smash through obstacles that get in his way.

    Ganesha carries a snake over his head—a pose of victory often taken by his father, the great god Shiva.

    This little figure plays music so Ganesha can dance—something he loves to do!


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