(This story is from The Quint’s archives and has been republished to mark the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.)
He is arguably the most popular, most loved and most recognized god amongst the Hindu deities. This elephant-headed god guarantees prosperity, success good fortune – who wouldn’t want that? Ganesha is also called the ‘remover of obstacles’ and is the one god that is truly omnipresent (as we can see here).
Rationalists may question the Ganesha milk drinking ‘miracle’ we witnessed in 1995, but they sure won’t be able to crack the rationale behind these avatars of the vighnaharta.