Ganesh is the widely beloved elephant-headed Hindu god who is known as the remover of obstacles. He often guards the entrances to temples, and we invoke him at the beginning of events and prayer ceremonies to insure our path is free and unobstructed. We seek him to give the energy we need to overcome negativity and fear in the mind. Its an energy that instills confidence and courage in our journey through life. He helps usher in new beginnings with good luck, success, clarity, hope and steadiness. If you are starting a new endeavor like a job or relationship the Ganesh mantra is a good one to help assuage any fears of the unknown. This mantra is associated with the root chakra, which is where our foundational strengths like our stability, ability to feed ourselves, and our sense of groundedness to the earth lie.