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Ganesh was a Hindu God, best known as the Remover of Obstacles.

History[]

Season 5[]

Ganesh accompanied Kali to a meeting with at least nine other deities at the Elysian Fields Hotel to discuss the prevention of the occurrence of the Apocalypse by the Devil, Lucifer. He was briefly caught by Dean in his true form while putting on a towel. During the meeting, he commented how it wouldn’t matter if they killed Sam and Dean because the angels would bring them back to life. Later, when Gabriel said that they needed to address the elephant in the room, Ganesh was starting to stand up but Gabriel quickly said that he wasn’t talking about him. Ganesh then sat back down.

Ganesh was later killed by Lucifer, during Lucifer’s attack on Elysian Fields Hotel. He was seen turning a corner and walking towards Lucifer, but Lucifer killed Ganesh with molecular combustion. (Hammer of the Gods)

Physical Appearance[]

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Ganesh in elephant form.

Ganesh appeared as a middle aged African man in a black suit with a blue V-neck shirt underneath.

When he wanted to, he could revert to his natural form, an elephant, but usually stuck with his disguise for convenience.

Personality[]

Ganesh hated being called an elephant. He was against killing Sam and Dean as he knew the angels would just bring them back and quickly placed under their care therefore beyond the pagan deities' reach. He also had a taste for human flesh, as shown by the Hotel's main course.

Powers and Abilities[]

Not much is known about his capabilities, although as a deity, he possessed the standard powers seen on other members of his kind. Additionally, like some other deities, his true form took the form of an animal—an elephant in his case.

  • Immortality - As a deity, Ganesh could live forever.
  • Invulnerability - As a deity, Ganesh was most likely immune to conventional means of killing.
  • Super Strength - Much stronger than humans, demons, monsters, and angels, he felt he was strong enough to fight Lucifer.
  • Shapeshifting - Ganesh could turn into an elephant. He also could change into his elephant-headed form.
  • Multilingualism - While Ganesh was only shown to speak English, he had absolutely no problem understanding Zao Shen while he was speaking in Cantonese. As a Hindu god, it is assumed he was proficient in Sanskrit and Hindi as well.
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Ganesh depicted in a book.

Weaknesses[]

  • Archangels - Archangels can easily kill him, as proven when Lucifer destroyed him through molecular combustion.

Appearances[]

Lore[]

  • According to all myths regarding Ganesh, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati.
  • He is the best known and most widely worshipped deity in the Hindu Pantheon.
  • He has a distinction that he should be the first deity to be worshipped before any other deity.
  • Ganesh is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Removing Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences. 
  • Ganesh as depicted in Supernatural is a stark contrast from his traditional depiction.
  • In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by all of Hindu pantheon.
  • In lore, Ganesh is a very peaceful god. He always tried to avoid fights and stopped anyone he could by advocating the mode of peace and universal love to them.
    • His version in this episode seems to reflect that as he is shown bored over Odin and Zao Shen competition and tries to calm things down.
  • He is a very lovable god and man and child alike worship and adore him in India.
  • Ganesh is very fond of food and loves to eat "Modaks", round Indian sweets.
  • Ganesh is regarded as the Lord of Wisdom in India.

Trivia[]

  • Interestingly, despite being a Hindu god, he had the appearance of a man of African descent, unlike other deities at the meeting who reflected their cultural background (e.g., Kali and Zao Shen).
  • At one point in the episode, Ganesh is shown turning into an elephant. It is a reference to his mythological counterpart, who has a head of an elephant.
    • However in the episode, he had the appearance of an African elephant, while in Hinduism, he takes the form of an Asian elephant.
  • In real world, Ganesha is a popular god all over the world, even out of Hinduism. However, he was no match to Lucifer in the show, implying he was less worshipped in Supernatural Universe.
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