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The following article/section is from the Pandava Quintet continuity under Rick Riordan Presents and not the Riordanverse canon.

Ganesh ("guh-NESH") is the elephant-headed Hindu god worshiped as the remover of obstacles and the god of luck, wisdom, and new beginnings.


While Shiva was away, Parvati made Ganesh out of clay. As she was getting their home ready for Shiva's return, she tells Ganesh not to let anyone through the door. When Shiva returns, he doesn't know who Ganesh is. But Ganesh refused to let his father into his own home, this responded in Shiva lopping of Ganesh's head. To avoid a big fight with Parvati, Shiva sticks an elephant's head on Ganesh.[1]

Ganesh assisted Vyasa is writing Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being Ramayana. It told the story of a civil war between the five Pandava brothers and their one hundred cousin.

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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah mentions that his Vahana is a mouse and comments that it must have been really muscular.


  • Tychokinesis: As a god of luck, he likely has control over luck.


  • His vahana (divine vehicle) is a mouse.
  • His Greek counterparts are Janus and Tyche.
  • The are many versions of how Ganesh got his elephant head. Some say he was born with it, another says that Shiva gave the head to him after he was too alluring from being born out of his laughter.[2] The one told in the Pandava Quartet was the story Roshani Chokshi's grandmother told her.[3]


Pandava Quintet
Books: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes | Aru Shah and the City of Gold
Main Characters: Aru Shah | Mini | Brynne Rao | Nikita | Sheela | Aiden Acharya | Sleeper | Meenakshi | Takshaka | Rudy
Council of Guardians: Boo | Urvashi | Hanuman | Jambavan | Uloopi | Kubera | Surasa
Secondary Characters: K. P. Shah | Palace of Illusions | Durvasa | Navdeep | Hira | Opal
Minor Characters: Pandavas | Arielle Reddy | Poppy Lopez | Burton Prater | Brahmasura | Valmiki | Shukra | Gandhari | Shakuntula | Rambha | Ravana | Jaya and Vijaya | Rahuketu | Garuda | Kadru
Devas: Indra | Dharma Raja | Vayu | Ashvins | Vishnu (Mohini, Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna) | Shiva | Chitrigupta | Ganesh | Lakshmi | Ritus | Kamadeva | Varuni | Varuna | Ratri | Ushas | Agni | Brahma | Maruts | Aranyani | Vishwakarma | Surya | Yamuna | Chandra | Rohini | Shani
Creatures: Makara | Asura | Chakora | Naga | Rakshasa | Vahanas | Ek and Do | Timingala | Time | Wish | Zombie | Apsara | Yaksha | Yali
Related Content: Roshani Chokshi | Rick Riordan Presents
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