Ganesh is one of the major deities of the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout Indian art and even has appeared on the Simpsons a few times (Apu has a statue of Ganesh in the Kwik-E-Mart that Homer offered a peanut, plus the Simpson children once dressed up as Ganesh). According to the Wikipedia entry, he is the Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. Moose Greebles made a LEGO version of Ganesh for a History of Non-Western Art class.
Thanks to Lt. Col. Thorin for the heads-up on this, and a reminder to anyone to let me know of relevant LEGO creations you see out there. Just drop me a note at bricktalesATgmailDOTcom. Thanks!