It is unfortunate that many think the people of India are engaged in pantheism. It is not so. The people understand the individuality of God in so many forms and in each form that God is worshiped, such as Ganesha. So the elephant God is the beginning of every project. And it is well to sing to Ganesha, for surely he does endow a new cycle, and thus Indians turn to him.
He is credited with writing the Mahabharata which he is seen doing here. He agreed to write down the verses dictated from a great sage only if the sage agreed to let him write continuously, without stopping. Legend has it that his pen broke while writing and so he broke of one of his tusks and continued to write.