Ganesha, is one of Hinduism most popular deities. He is the remover of obstacle and patron of letters and of learning. He is depicted seated on his vehicle, the rat, Mooshika and holding a noose and his broken tusk that he used to write the Mahabharata epic and a ball of sweets. The statue is carved from the soft stone of Orissa by artisans whose ancestors have practiced this craft of stone carving for centuries. Hammers and chisels of various sizes and shapes, called the Muna, Patili, Martual, Thuk-Thuki and Nitana are used to bring life these life-like figures from featureless stone. Once engraved, the finishing Is done by scrapping out the extra material using a flat-edged iron tool.