Lord Ganesha is also known as Ganapati–the leader or the head of the Gana (which simply means a team). As per the legend, he is worshiped before starting any work or undertaking any task.
There is a popular saying in Hindi and various regional languages of India conveying this belief contextually–whenever somebody has to start a work or open something, he/she is asked like this: “Shri Ganesh kijiye or Shri Ganesh Karo“, which means ‘Start it’ but with a blessing or intention of being auspicious. Literally, Shri Ganesh Karna would mean to start!
The English transliteration of this mantra would be: