Ga’ denotes Buddhi (intellect), ‘Na’ symbolises for Vijnana (knowledge) and ‘pati’ means leader. This makes Ganapati the master of wisdom and intellect. Isn’t it an irony then that, today we perform Ganesh puja without actually understanding His form or its significance. Why is he half man half animal and yet considered divine? Why is he so big and yet riding on a meek mouse? Big stomach, broken tusks, modak (sweet) in his hand and a snake around his belly; His form has indeed been amusement to some, a target of criticism for some and certainly a mystery to many . Read more here.