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Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God

Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God.

Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God
Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God


Traditional stories about that Lord Ganesha. 

                                      Once upon a time, Lord Ganesha was created by goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn't know him, he didn't allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became angry and asked his follower gods to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the incarnation of shakti. He defeated the godly-followers (called "Gana"s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn't stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvathi and Shiva.

Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God
Story of Lord Ganesha how he became the Elephant-headed God

Sometimes wait  after the devas were defeated, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child. And brought on Parvathi's rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvathi revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a dire form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one. The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again. The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby. They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha's head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as "Ganesha". In this way, Lord Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.

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