Lord Ganesha, the 'First God' as per Hindu mythology, is the son
of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha or Ganpati's
attributes make Him easily recognizable. He has an elephant head
with a long protruding tusk along with big fan-shaped ears. Don't
these characteristics give Him a unique identity? Kids, do you know
how did he acquire an elephant head?
Well, here goes the story- One day when Goddess Parvati was
getting ready to go for a bath,She didn't want to be disturbed by
anyone so she instructed Nandi (Lord Shiva's bull) to guard the
door and not to let anyone enter. However, when Lord Shiva was back
to Kailash (Shiva's abode), He saw Nandi standing at the door.
Though Nandi was instructed not to let anyone come in but being
sincere to Lord Shiva first, he couldn't deny Him the entry. This
incident infuriated Goddess Parvati and she thought that even she
wanted someone as loyal as Nandi to guard Her as well.
Once when Goddess Parvati was getting ready for bath, she
decided to create an idol out of sandalwood paste, turmeric powder
and oil. So she rubbed out some paste off Her body and created the
figure of a young boy. Goddess Parvati took a long look at the boy
and feeling immensely pleased with Her work,She instilled life in
the idol and declared him as her own son-Ganesha.
She instructed the boy to guard the door and strictly not let
anyone enter Her bathhouse. Ganesha stood at the door and followed
his mother's orders faithfully.
Just then, Lord Shiva arrived. He was surprised to see the
little boy and proceeded ahead to go inside. However, Ganesha
didn't allow Him to go inside. Even after introducing Himself as
Parvati's husband, Ganesha didn't budge. This angered Shiva
immensely and He took his trishul (trident) and with one powerful
sweep, He cut off the boy's head.
On hearing all the commotion happening outside, Parvati came out
to check what had just happened. She was devastated to see Her
headless son. This sight filled Her with rage and she threatened to
destroy the entire Creation.
All the gods and the goddesses were taken aback on hearing her
predicament. Even though everyone tried to convince Her, She did
not give in. Finally, Lord Brahma, the Creator stepped in and
pleaded her to reconsider Her plan. Goddess Parvati said, She would
but only if her following two conditions were met-
Condition 1- Ganesha be brought back to life
Condition 2- He should be worshipped before any other Gods
Everyone was baffled on hearing Her conditions. All the gods and
goddesses turned to Lord Shiva to do something. In order to pacify
His beloved wife, Lord Shiva sent his attendants (Ganas) to get the
head of the first creature that they come across and whose head is
facing towards the north direction. The attendants immediately set
out in search of such a creature. After sometime, they returned
with the head of an elephant. Lord Shiva fixed it onto Ganesha's
body. Once again, he instilled life into Him and declared Ganesha
to be His son and made him the leader of His attendants. And, that
is how Lord Ganesha acquired the name- Ganpati (Lord of the
Also, Lord Shiva granted him the boon that before beginning any
new endeavor, all the devotees would pray to Lord Ganesha first. So
dear kids, this is the reason why we worship Lord Ganesha at the
onset of any new task and the mantra for worship is-
vakratunḍa mahākāya suryakoṭi samaprabhaḥ
nirvighna kurume deva sarva karyeṣu sarvadā
The meaning of the mantra is as follows-
You are large bodied with a curved trunk and as radiant as billion
suns. Oh deva! make every work free from obstacles always!
- Lord Ganesha Song-
Deva di Deva
- Wallpaper September 2016