This is the story of Ganesha - The Elephant God
Once upon a time perched up on the mountainous regions of the Himalayas lived Lord Shiva and his beloved wife Parvati.
Even though Parvati’s love for Shiva was boundless, she was still reserved. When she would bathe she preferred to do so in privacy.
One day she was washing up and Shiva came into the bathroom without notice. This embarrassed Parvati. Her embarrassment was short lived for she pursued action.
Parvati had always wanted a son and needed a guardian as well. She gathered clay, mud, bark and other precious elements from the Earth and constructed a boy. She breathed life into him.
When the boy came to life and called Parvati Mother - she was overjoyed. They bonded right away as Mother and Son. She named him Ganesha.
Parvati went to shower again. She advised Ganesha to guard the bath house and make sure no one comes in.
Ganesha did as his mother wished.
While Parvati was showering, Shiva pulled up to the house. To his surprise, he saw a boy there he’d never met.
Shiva said, “who are you?”
Ganesha said, “I am the guardian of my mothers house.”
“That’s impossible, this is my house. Move away boy”
Ganesha blocked Shiva’s path.
“Boy, are you madd??? Don’t you know who I am? I am Lord Shiva! Let me into my house immediately!!”
Shiva tried once more and Ganesha struck him with this wooden staff.
Overcome with anger, Shiva used his sword and cut off Ganesha’s head and in a pit of rage left his house.
After Parvati showered she came to see Ganesha’s status. She was angry and this gave rise to her own pit of rage. She vowed to torment, pillage and terrorize the people of the town until someone came forward and confessed to the murder of Ganesha.
Shiva wanted to come forward and tell Parvati what had happened but he was ashamed. Brahma who was another god advised Shiva to tell Parvati the truth because the violence in the town must stop.
Finally Shiva confessed that he killed Ganesha. Parvati was saddened.
Shiva had an idea. He told Parvati he will bring Ganesha to life.
With the help of Brahma, Shiva went deep into the jungle and decided that they will take the head of the first animal that crossed their path and put it on the head of Ganesha.
That animal happened to be an Elephant.
Parvati was overjoyed once again and Ganesha, The Elephant god was known as the remover of obstacles.
Moral of the Story
In Hinduism, Ganesha is typically worshipped on Monday because like the story tells us, children listen without fail.
He is known as the remover of obstacles.
Anything of worthy accomplishment in life comes with hardships. Ganesha helps alleviate our troubles so we can get to our goals.
See the below picture of a more in-depth analysis on the symbolism behind Ganesha.
I hope you enjoyed this short story.
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