I had the pleasure of getting to know Satish Ruia when we went to India. He is the most graceful host. And Ganesha is his favorite god. He is the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom.
There are some important symbolism in Ganesha stature. His large head symbolize thinking big, while his small eyes symbolize concentration. The rope on his left hand removes obstacle. The sweets on his lower left hand is the reward of a wise life. His large ears means he listen more. The ax on his right hand cut unhealthy attachments. He only have one tusk, because he sacrifice one for a good cause. And he bless those in the right path with his lower right hand. His large belly means contentement, for the good and the bad. The banana symbolize material wealth when you pursue the right path and the whole world is at your feet for your asking. The mouse symbolize desire that can cause havoc if you don’t keep it under control.