A person who has the disposition of an elephant in terms of being tranquill, tender, emotional and serious can be addressed as Gajanana. The elephant head of lord Ganesha is in itself a profound symbol from our ancient heritage, from nature and from the higher order beyond. The upper portion of the neck of the elephant reveals the most sublime secrets.
The trunk of the elephant represents the nose of the idol of lord Gajanana and also one's googd name. Protecting one's nose is symbolic of protecting one's good name or reputation - hence it is the most important message issuing from Gajanana. Only the person able to protect his large nose or high reputation with skill and expertise can be addressed as Gajanaja or can become Ganpati.