God who is also the destroyer of all difficulties and obstacles, Vignaharta. Popularly known as Ganapathi Bappa or Lord Ganesha, is here for 10 days to bless everyone!!!
“Ganapati Bappa Moraya” means “Lord Ganesha Bless us”
The birth of Ganesha
One day Goddess Parvati was at home on Mt.Kailash preparing for a bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed, she told Nandi, her husband Shiva’s Bull, to guard the door and let no one pass. Nandi faithfully took his post, intending to carry out Parvati’s wishes. But, when Shiva came home and naturally wanted to come inside, Nandi had to let him pass, being loyal first to Shiva. Parvati was angry at this slight, but even more than this, at the fact that she had no one as loyal to Herself as Nandi was to Shiva. So, taking the turmeric paste (for bathing) from her body and breathing life into it, she created Ganesha, declaring him to be her own loyal son.
The next time Parvati wished to bathe, she posted Ganesha on guard duty at the door. In due course, Shiva came home, only to find this strange boy telling him he couldn’t enter his own house! Furious, Shiva ordered his army to destroy the boy, but they all failed! Such power did Ganesha possess, being the son of Devi Herself!
This surprised Shiva. Seeing that this was no ordinary boy, the usually peaceful Shiva decided he would have to fight him, and in his divine fury severed Ganesha’s head, killing him instantly. When Parvati learned of this, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided to destroy the entire Creation! Lord Brahma, being the Creator, naturally had his issues with this, and pleaded that she reconsider her drastic plan. She said she would, but only if two conditions were met: one, that Ganesha be brought back to life, and two, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods.
Shiva, having cooled down by this time, and realizing his mistake, agreed to Parvati’s conditions. He sent Brahma out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses that is laying with its head facing North. Brahma soon returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, which Shiva placed onto Ganesha’s body. Breathing new life into him, he declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganapati.
Why Ganesha has Elephant face :
7. Lord Shiva and Parvati lived on the mountain Kailasa. Many times Shiva used to go to the forest and stayed there doing penance for months.Meanwhile Parvati had to stay alone at home.one day,as usual lord shiva went to the forest,leaving Parvati alone at home. Parvati then wanted to take bath.However there was no one else to look after the house. So, Parvati was worried. But soon she had an idea.Parvati removed the sandal paste from her body and created a boy from the paste. Parvati then made the boy stand at the door and instructed him not to let anyone enter the house.till she finishes her bath. The boy stood at the door and stopped everyone who visited the house. Soon lord Shiva returned home and was surprised to see a boy who stopped him from entering in.”you can not enter the house ,mother is taking bath”, said the boy He got annoyed and asked the boy to move aside.but the boy did not move,but stopped lord Shiva from entering the house. Shiva lost his temper and he chopped off the head of the boy with his trishula.Later,Parvati finished her bath and to her surprise, she saw the headless body of the boy.So Parvati started weeping.Oh my lord ! what have you done ! you have killed my son ! Lord Shiva felt very sorry for his short tempered act.Lord Shiva wished to bring back the boy to his life and he started searching for the chopped head of the boy.But surprisingly the head got vanished and the search was in vain.So he called servants,called “Ganas” and told them,to go to the forest and get the head of first living being you come across. The ganas immidiately rushed to jungle and came across an elephant.they immediately cut off his head and brought it to lord shiva.Lord Shiva put the head on the body of the boy and brought him to life. Parvati was overjoyed to get back her son.The Ganas had helped to bring back the life of the boy,so he was named as “Ganapati”.