Gaṇeśa is worshipped at the beginning of all undertakings as remover of obstacles. He is Son of Śiva and Pārvati (Durgā). His elephant head symbolizes wisdom; trunk implies dexterity (can easily uproot a tree as well as pick up a needle). Gaṇeśa seated on the mouse is to remind us to take control of our fickle minds and afflictions that harm us like what mouse does to a heap of grain! Special events in the temple include: Gaṇeśa Caturthi (Aug-Sep), Gaṇeśa Atharvashirsha Pāth (hymn from Atharvana Veda) every 4th Sunday and annual Gaṇa Homa in the Yāgashāla.