Ganesh can also be known by the names Heramba, Ekadanta, Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar. Ganesh Chaturthi / Ganesh Puja is one of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals in the country. The blessings of this God are invoked at religious ceremonies since he is the one who can all difficulties to success, especially when people are commencing a new business or an enterprise. Lord Vinayaka is known as the fortune giver and one who can assist to avoid natural calamities. He is also the patron god of traveling. Vinayaka is portrayed with an elephant’s head on a human body. According to Hindu customs, Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
In a few parts of India such as Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh the festival of Ganesh is celebrated for ten days. It is a public occasion. Sweets are offered. On the day of the festival, clay idols of Vinayaka are installed in homes or outdoor in decorated tents for the public to view and submit their homage. Clay idols of Ganesh are also installed by schools and colleges.