of God Ganesh
Lord Ganesh is the elephant-headed God, with one tusk.
The legend of how he got his elephant head and one tusk is a fascinating
One day Parvati,
Shiva's beloved wife, instructed Shiva's attendant Nandi
not to let anyone in while she was taking a bath. A little later
Shiva arrived wishing to enter. Nandi was in a dilemma
as how to stop his master. Shiva entered Parvati was not
ready to receive him. She was upset and wondered why Nandi
had not obeyed her command. She complained to Shiva but Shiva
did not take the matter too seriously. He was amused to hear that
Parvati had asked Nandi to stop him from entering
his own home. Parvati was annoyed. She shared her feelings
with her friends. They teased Parvati by saying that she
had no attendant of her own. They all considered Shiva their true
Parvati's friends came up with the idea to create a person
who would owe his first allegiance to Parvati and not to Shiva. So Parvati gathered
the saffron paste (used at the time of bathing), from her own
body and created a boy. The boy was handsome and strong. She gave
the boy life and hugged him dearly.
"You are my
son, my very own son, I do not have anyone elseto call my very
own" said Parvati. Then Parvati gave the boy a staff and
asked him to guard the door, "Do not to allow any one to enter
without my permission."
A little later
Shiva arrived and wondered who the boy could be and why was he
there. His attendants did not know either. As Shiva approached
the door, the boy stopped him. Shiva tried to explain to the boy
that he was Parvati's husband and he had the right to enter
without asking any one. The boy said without hesitation, "Halt,
no one enters these halls without my mother's permission." When
Shiva ignored him, the boy hit him with his staff. Shiva was furious.
He tried to fight the young boy to realize that he was no ordinary
boy. Shiva asked his attendants to capture the boy but single-handedly,
the boy defeated all of them.
Parvati through her friends and she thought, "Shiva is
after all my husband." But she instantly argued, "But why should
he try to force himself in without giving respect to the my privacy?"
So she firmly conveyed her feelings to her friend, and she took
the message to the boy, "Parvati has given definite instruction
as not to allow any one to enter the palace. The boy declared,
"I am the son of Parvati. I will give my life to carry
out my mother's orders. No one can enter the palace without my
returned to Shiva and humbly informed him what the boy
had said. Shiva's pride was hurt. Shiva was so angry
that he sent his entire army to capture the boy. Parvati
called for her other powers, Kali and Durga. She
asked them to stand beside her son. Shiva's army lost the battle
and the attendants ran for their lives. Shiva then called Vishnu
to join him in defeating the small boy. This was not a fair fight.
While the boy was engaged in fighting with Vishnu, Shiva threw
his Trident and beheaded the boy. After the head rolled off, Shiva
realized his mistake.
When Parvati heard of the unfair fight she decided to destroy
the world. Brahma humbly approached Parvati, seeking for
mercy to save the world. Parvati agreed on two conditions,
"My son must regain his life and he shall be worshipped before
any of the other gods." By that time Shiva had calmed down and
apologized for his rash behavior. He agreed to bring the boy back
to life. He asked Brahma to go North and bring the head of the
first creature that crossed his path. Brahma left with his party
and soon brought back the head of a strong elephant. The head
was then fitted to the body of the boy and Brahma sprinkled
water on it. The boy came to life with an elephant's head on his
shoulder. Parvati embraced her son with joy. She then turned
to Brahma to fulfill her second condition. Indra and the
other gods brought Shiva to Parvati. Shiva apologized for
his arrogance and declared "Hence on, this valiant boy will be
my son. He will be respected as any other God and will be worshipped
before any other God. He will be called Ganesh, the chief of my
Ganas or attendants, and also Vigneshwar,
the remover of all obstacles.
Parvati once again began to live happily in their abode at mount
later, Shiva was taking a nap when Ganesh was guarding him. At
that moment Parashuram, the Brahmin warrior, came to see Shiva.
Much to his dismay he was stopped by Ganesh. Parashuram was unwilling
to take orders from anyone. As a result, a big fight ensued. Finally,
Parashuram threw his powerful ax towards Ganesh. Ganesh stopped
the ax with his tusk which broke. Thus Ganesh lost one of his
tusks and began to be known as Eka-danta, or "One
any venture is undertaken, it is Ganesh who is invoked and whose
blessings are sought
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