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The Story Of Ganesha Birth And Interesting Facts About Ganesha

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Lord Ganesha, the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Mahadev is being worshipped by Hindu devotees since time immemorial. Read the story of Ganesha birth. Lord Ganesha has four hands with an elephant head and a tusk. The pot-bellied God is the ultimate source of wisdom and enlightenment. The four hands of Lord Ganesha hold different mystical significance. The upraised hand signifies that he is omnipresent, protecting his child everywhere. His Ekadanta signifies one Pointedness. His big pot belly radiates an aura of generosity. The Ankusa and Paasa in his hand signify wisdom and enlightenment. Let’s dive into this article and know about the story of Ganesha birth and some interesting facts about Ganesha.

The Story Of Ganesha Birth

The story of Ganesha birth is still controversial. While some believe that he was breathed into life by Mata Parvati, other sacred scriptures claim that he was a mind-born child of Lord Shiva.

Once to defeat the asuras Or the demons, when all the Gods kneeled before Mahadev to help them, Mahadev created a mind-born child with an elephant head with a Trident in hand to defeat the negative.

Interesting Facts About Ganesha

1. Lord Ganesha is one of the major deities in the Hindu religion. The worshipping of the major Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Devi Durga along with Ganesha Ji is known as panchayatana puja.

2. One amazing fact about the birth of Lord Ganesha is that it was Jaya and Vijaya, the two associates of Mata Parvati who urged her to make Lord Ganesha. As the legend says, they were of the view that Nandi and the other men of the abode only listen to Mahadev. Thus, Mata Parvati also should have someone to follow her orders and instructions.

3. Do you know what is the body colour of Lord Vigneshwara? According to Shiva Maha Purana, Lord Ganesha is adorned with beautiful pieces of jewellery with red and green colours on his body.

3. We all know that it was Mahadev who was responsible for Lord Ganesha losing his head. But, another story says that, when Lord Ganesha was born and all the Gods were blessing the baby boy, Shani dev, the Saturn God was standing there with his eyes facing downwards.

When asked about the reason, the powerful God replied that the baby might lose its head if he looks directly at him. But, Mata Parvati still insisted Shanidev to bless her son and when Shanidev looked at the little child, Lord Ganesha lost his head.

4. Another interesting fact about the elephant-headed God is that when he lost his head, his father Mahadev ordered his men to look for another head of an animal and bring it to him so that he could attach the head to Ganesha’s torso and bring him back to life.

But, another legend says that it was Lord Vishnu who headed out in search of a head to bring back the little child to life. He flew to the Pushpabhadra river and found an elephant. Later, he cut its head and handed it over to Mahadev.

5. Another tale that revolves around Lord Ganesha is that once Mahadev became very angry with Surya Bhagwaan and in a fit of rage, he attacked the Sun God. Angered by his behaviour, Surya dev’s father became angry with Mahadev and cursed him that the way he has hurt his son, someday his son will also get hurt. This is the reason why Lord Ganesha lost his head in his younger days.

6. We often wonder if Lord Ganesha is a brahmachari or not. While some claims that he is unmarried, Shiva Maha Purana says that he was married to two sisters – Riddihi and Siddhi and has two sons – Shetra and Laabh from his two wives.

7. While Vyasa muni is termed as the creator of the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata, it was Lord Ganesha who transcribed the great epic on paper.

8. Another tale that is very prevalent in West Bengal is that the Banana tree is married to Lord Ganesha. The story says, that Goddess Parvati was devouring food. When Ganesha asked about her behaviour, the mother replied, “What if your wife does not give you enough food to eat after you get married?”

Listening to this, Lord Ganesha went near a banana tree and gave it to his mother saying that from today she will be your daughter-in-law. Thus, one can see still today that during Durga puja, the banana tree is washed and adorned with a white saree with Vermillion and positioned beside Ganesha.

9. Apart from the Hindus, Lord Ganesha is also worshipped by the Buddhists and is known as Vinayaka.

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