Characterized by his mystical appearance – the trunk of an Elephant, a Human body and a rotund belly, He is usually depicted with four hands and carries a pasha (noose) and a goad (axe) in the upper hands. One of the lower hands of Lord Ganesha is shown in Abhay Mudra while in the other lower hand He holds a bowl full of Modaks.
The motif of Ganesha turning his trunk sharply to his left to taste a sweet in his lower-left hand is a particularly archaic feature.The mount or ‘Vahana’ of Lord Ganesha is a mouse.
Devotees of Lord Ganesha believe that if He is propitiated, He grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity. Therefore, He is worshipped on almost every religious and secular occasion and is especially invoked at the beginning of prayers, important undertakings, and before any new venture.