\u2018Ga\u1e47e\u015ba\u2019 the word paints the following picture in the canvas of the mind - An inexplicably lovely form with winnow-like ears swaying gaily, a handsome trunk resting resolutely in a bowl of \u2018modakas,\u2019 eyes the dais of mischief, and belly as rotund as can be! Celebrated variedly as Agrap\u016bjya, Vin\u0101yaka, Ekadanta, Heramba, Vighne\u015bvara, Ga\u1e47apati, and so on, He occupies a very important place in the Hindu Pantheon. Two aspects of Ga\u1e47e\u015ba-tatva serve as the basis for His preeminence - Ga\u1e47e\u015ba is both \u2018vighna-kart\u0101\u2019 (creator of obstacle) as well as \u2018vighna-hart\u0101\u2019 (annihilator of obstacles!) Any endeavor, even of the other manifestations of Gods, reaches fruition only by the grace of Ga\u1e47e\u015ba, and the undoing of any endeavor too is owing to His grace alone. The Ny\u0101yendu-\u015bekhara states, \u0905\u092a\u094d\u092f\u0928\u094d\u092f\u093e\u092e\u0930\u092e\u093e\u0930\u093f\u0930\u093e\u0927\u092f\u093f\u0937\u0924\u093e\u0902 \u092f\u0924\u094d\u092a\u093e\u0926\u092a\u0919\u094d\u0915\u0947\u0930\u0941\u0939- \u0926\u094d\u0935\u0928\u094d\u0926\u094d\u0935\u093e\u0930\u093e\u0927\u0928\u092e\u0928\u094d\u0924\u0930\u093e\u092f\u0939\u0924\u092f\u0947 \u0915\u093e\u0930\u094d\u092f\u0902 \u0924\u094d\u0935\u0935\u0936\u094d\u092f\u0902 \u0935\u093f\u0926\u0941\u0903\u0964 \u0924\u0926\u094d\u0927\u0947\u0924\u094b\u0930\u093f\u0924\u093f \u0928\u0940\u0924\u093f\u0935\u093f\u0924\u094d\u0924\u0941 \u092d\u091c\u0924\u0947 \u0926\u0947\u0935\u0902 \u092f\u092e\u0947\u0915\u0902 \u092a\u0930\u0902 \u0938\u0930\u094d\u0935\u093e\u0930\u094d\u0925\u092a\u094d\u0930\u0924\u093f\u092a\u093e\u0926\u0928\u0948\u0915\u091a\u0924\u0941\u0930\u094b \u0926\u094d\u0935\u0948\u092e\u093e\u0924\u0941\u0930\u094b\u093d\u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0924\u094d\u0938 \u0928\u0903\u0965 apyany\u0101maram\u0101rir\u0101dhayi\u1e63at\u0101\u1e41 yat-p\u0101da-pa\u1e45keruha- dvandv\u0101r\u0101dhanam-antar\u0101ya-hataye k\u0101rya\u1e41 tvava\u015bya\u1e41 vidu\u1e25| taddhetor-iti n\u012bti-vit-tu bhajate deva\u1e41 yam-eka\u1e41 para\u1e41 sarv\u0101rtha-pradip\u0101danaika-caturo dvaim\u0101turo'vy\u0101t-sa na\u1e25|| The twin lotuses of His feet, even those desirous of adoring other manifestations of Gods resort to. Hence do the wise celebrate Him as the peerless Supreme, the patron of all ends. May He, Dvaim\u0101tura (Son to two mothers*, Ga\u1e47e\u015ba,) bless us. The following Pur\u0101\u1e47ic anecdotes attest to Ga\u1e47e\u015ba\u2019s roles as vighna-kart\u0101 and vighna-hart\u0101, respectively. The Mudgala-pur\u0101\u1e47a relates the following anecdote. Once, Indra\u2019s svarga-loka (heaven) became over-populated. Every soul that discarded the mortal-coils was given admittance to svarga-loka, and Yama\u2019s Naraka (hell) lay empty. Indra was alarmed. He appealed to Lord \u015aiva most humbly, \u2018Lord, not a single soul is being sent to naraka any longer. They all throng svarga. Admitting just one more soul into svarga will mean I may be displaced. Kindly intervene and send only the deserving souls to svarga.\u2019 Lord \u015aiva responded, \u2018Indra I am powerless to transgress the Divine Edict that whom-so-ever may step foot inside the temple of Somanatha will be afforded admittance to svarga. Parvat\u012b is an adept in finding solutions to tricky situations such as these. Appeal to Her.\u2019 Indra did as bade and Parvat\u012b blessed Indra with a beautiful Boy fashioned out of the paste of Her body. She said to Him, \u2018This handsome one will serve as the vighna-kart\u0101 (creator of obstacles) to those who have not qualified to attain to svarga!\u2019 The second Pur\u0101\u1e47ic anecdote is as follows \u2013 Once, Lord \u015aiva set out to destroy the tripuras (city-triad,) mounting His formidable chariot. The Three cities could only be destroyed by a single arrow that pierced through them all, and that could be achieved only when the three cities aligned in a row. Such an alignment was to occur only once in a thousand celestial years, and that time was now at hand. Intent upon the task at hand Lord \u015aiva rode forth in grave solemnity. All of a sudden, the peg of His chariot-wheel came undone! The all-knowing \u015aiva recognized the origin of this impediment. He had failed to seek Ga\u1e47e\u015ba\u2019s grace for the endeavor at hand. He returned to seek the blessings of His son, vighna-hart\u0101 and succeeded in His cosmic endeavor. Ga\u1e47e\u015ba is thus the composite of all auspiciousness (ma\u1e47gala-m\u016brti,) owing to His twin role as the destroyer of evil and the facilitator of the good. G\u0101\u1e47\u0101patya treatise that adore Ga\u1e47e\u015ba as the Supreme personality describe Him as sv\u0101nanda, as he embodies bliss. Personified, He is said to recline in an ocean of sugarcane juice, bestowing untold bliss on His devotees. * Two different explanations are given regarding this particular appellation of Ga\u1e47e\u015ba. One Pur\u0101\u1e47ic account holds that P\u0101rvat\u012b is one mother while the elephant that afforded Ga\u1e47e\u015ba His head, is the other mother. Yet another account considers both P\u0101rvat\u012b and Ga\u1e45g\u0101 to be Ga\u1e47e\u015ba mothers. He is as a result, referred to as Dvaim\u0101tura.