Let’s begin with Lord Ganesha shloka, as he is revered at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies as the God of the Creator. Lord Ganesha is known as Ganapati or Vinayaka by many people and holds a special place in their hearts. Lord Ganesha has 108 different names and is both the Lord of the Arts and Sciences as well as the deva of wisdom.
“Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||”
Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh as Ganesh Chaturthi, he is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati . He is worshiped in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nepal and China. There are many fascinating stories about him to be shared.. Here are some well-known Ganesha tales:
1.The Story of Lord Ganesha’s Birth :
Let us begin with Lord Ganesha’s birth story. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati would make Mount Kailash their home. Most of the time, Shiva would be out doing other things, leaving Parvati alone on the mountain.
Parvathi had to go to the bathroom one day and didn’t want anyone to disturb her. As a result, she asked Nandi Shiva’s Bull to stand guard and not allow anyone inside. Nandi dutifully accepted his role, hoping to carry out Parvati’s instructions. But, because Nandi was first and foremost devoted to Shiva, he had to allow Shiva to enter the house.
Parvathi believed that no one in this world is trustworthy, and she needed someone to lead her own security guard. She utilized her limitless abilities to make an idol out of clay and turmeric and breathe life into it, resulting in a very lovely boy whom she adopted as her own son. She named him Ganesha.
Parvathi took good care of Ganesha and accompanied her everywhere she went. He stood guard at the front door of their house and was adamant about not letting anyone else into the house.
When Parvathi went to take a bath, she placed Ganesha on the door as a guard. When Shiva entered the house, the boy refused to let him in. Shiva became outraged and dispatched an army to assassinate the boy, but they all failed. Ganesha, as the son of Devi, wielded immense power and destroyed Shiva’s army. Shiva, who is famed for his rage, lost control of his rage and beheaded Ganesha.
Parvati’s rage knew no boundaries as she stepped out and saw her creation’s dead body. She screamed at Shiva, threatening to wipe off the entire universe as a result of his actions. Brahma saw Parvati’s rage and apologized on Shiva’s behalf to her, advising her not to destroy the universe. Parvati agreed to yield on the condition that Ganesha be revived and worshipped as the major God. Shiva, too, realized his mistake and apologized to Parvati for his fury. He told his men to go into the forest and take the head of the first animal they came across. The elephant happened to be the first creature they spotted. Shiva then placed the elephant head to the body, bringing him back to life and accepting him as his own son. Ganesha, as we know him, was born in this manner and is now worshipped as the deity of gods.
2. Lord Ganesha And Kubera Story:
Kubera, the God of Wealth, took great pride in being the richest God. He owned a massive wealth and would proudly hoard it all for himself. He invited Lord Shiva and Parvathi to dinner one day. Because they couldn’t make it to the dinner, Ganesha was summoned in their stead. He started eating the dinner quickly and finished it all, leaving only a few bites for the other guests. His hunger, however, remained unsatisfied. As a result, he ended up in Kubera’s wealth collection, where he began swallowing all of the gold and valuables. Ganesha, still dissatisfied, proceeded to consume Kubera himself, who fled to Mount Kailash for help.
When Lord Shiva brought a cup of rice to Ganesha, it immediately quenched his hunger. Lord Kubera recognized his mistake and apologized for his arrogance.
3. Story of River Kaveri’s creation:
Sage Agasthya wished to build a river that would benefit people living in the south. The Gods granted his wish and gave him a little kamandalu filled with water. The river would originate wherever he poured the bowl.
Agasthya, the Sage, arrived in the Coorg Mountains. He was exhausted and in need of rest. On the way, he noticed a boy alone and asked him to hold the kamandalu until he returned. The boy was Ganesha himself. He realized what the pot of water was for and that the location he was in was perfect for the river, so he set it down.
When he returned, a crow was trying to drink water from the pot, which he chased away. The crow flew away, knocking over the pot and spilling some water. As a result, the river that originated in that location is now known as the Kaveri river.
4. Curse upon the Moon:
Ganesh enjoys food and could eat for the entire day. Parvati made Modak Ganesha’s favorite dish one day. He stuffed himself as much as he could. That night, he went for a ride in his Vaahan mouse. Mouse tripped because he couldn’t bear his weight.
When Ganesha collapsed on the ground, his stomach burst, and all the modak spilled out. He quickly grabbed all of the food and stuffed it back into his stomach, while holding the snake and tying it around his waist to keep it in place. When the moon saw this humorous sight, it laughed. Ganesha became enraged and cursed him, saying that no one should see the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi or they would be accused of wrongdoing.
5.Lord Ganesha’s Marriage:
Lord Ganesha is revered as a Brahmachari deity in southern India, where he is believed to be single. However, it is widely assumed in North India that he was married to Riddhi, Siddhi, and Buddhi. There is a backstory to Ganesha’s marriage. Once upon a time, Shiva and Parvati were discussing Ganesha and Kartikeya’s marriage.
They both argue with each other on who should marry first. The fight was directed at Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. They devised a plan to appease them and summoned Lord Ganesha and Lord Subrahmanya, promising that those who arrive first after circumnavigating the earth would be married first.
As soon as the competition began, Lord Subrahmanya took off on his peacock at rapid speed to complete his circumnavigation of the Earth. But, with great devotion, Lord Ganesha circled Lord Shiva and Parvathi seven times and bowed down before them. Then he demanded his reward and stated that he wanted to marry right away. When Shiva said he didn’t go around the world, Ganesha replied that he revolved around his parents, who represented the entire world.
Then, pleased with the explanation of their elder son Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi decided to celebrate Ganesha’s marriage first. Ganesha’s parents arranged for his marriage, and he married Riddhi and Siddhi, the lovely daughters of Prajapati Vishwaroopa.
6. Lord Ganesha’s Mouse for A Carrier
Gajasura was an evil demon with the head of an elephant with a very dark body. He made the decision to please Lord Shiva by praying to him with fervour. Shiva smiled and granted him his wish. Gajasura desired that no one, other than someone darker than himself, be able to kill him.
Gajasura, armed with this power, became a threat to the entire world, torturing everyone with his cruel and evil actions. All the Gods sought Ganesha’s assistance, so he challenged Gajasura to a fight. The demon laughed, telling him that a small boy like him had no chance. Ganesha, on the other hand, demonstrated his power and completely defeated Gajasura. The terrifying demon transformed into a mouse and attempted to flee, but Ganesha caught him. The demon begged for mercy and promised to serve Ganesha as a servant for the rest of his life. Ganesha made him his carrier from that point forward.
7.Lord Ganesha writes the Mahabharata
The Mahabharata was narrated by Sage Vyasa and written down by Ganesha, according to Hindu mythology. Sage Vyasa wanted Ganesh to be his scribe because writing the world’s longest epic was not a job for an ordinary scribe.
According to one version of the story, Vyasa stipulated that he would not stop reciting the Mahabharata and that Ganesha should not stop writing it down, and that the other requirement was that Ganesha not only writes it but also understand the verses that were being recited. Vyasa began reciting the Mahabharata when Ganesha consented to these terms. Vyasa and Ganesha are reported to have spent three years reciting and writing continuously.
Ganesha’s feather broke when he was writing the Mahabharata. Ganesha fractured his tusk and began writing with it in order to adhere to Vyasa’s condition. This allowed him to write continually without interruptions. This symbolizes that any amount of sacrifice is not excessive when it comes to gaining knowledge.
8. The story of Parvathi wounds
Ganesha was considered to be a naughty child who would engage in a variety of despicable behavior. While playing, he went upon a cat and decided to play with it. While the cat yowled in pain, he scooped it up and threw it on the ground, pulling its tail and having fun with it. Ganesha was unaware of this and went off to play till he was exhausted, after which he returned home.
When Ganesha arrived at Mount Kailash, he was astounded to find Parvati lying outside the house, with wounds all over her body and weeping in agony. Ganesha ran up to her and demanded to know who had done this. This was done to Parvati by Ganesha himself, she responded. Ganesha treated the cat cruelly and ruthlessly, and his actions on the cat reflected on his own mother.
Ganesha expressed regret for his actions and took an oath to treat all creatures with kindness and affection.
9. The story of the sweet kheer
Ganesha once appeared in the form of a boy, carrying grains in one hand and milk in the other, and entered a village. He began asking for assistance in making kheer, but everyone seemed engaged.
He arrived at a poor woman’s cottage, where she consented to make him kheer. She fell asleep while mixing everything all together and setting the pot to cook, and the boy went outside to play. Women discovered the kheer had cooked and was incredibly wonderful when she awoke.
Women couldn’t stop herself since she was starving. However, before eating the kheer, she placed some in a bowl and offered it to the Ganesha idol, after which she proceeded to consume the kheer. The pot was never empty, no matter how much she ate. When the boy arrived, the woman handed over the entire pot to him and admitted that she had eaten before him because she was hungry. When she presented the bowl to the Ganesha idol, the boy replied that he had eaten it as well. Women began crying at his feet , Ganesha showered the woman with prosperity and health.
10. The Story Of The Lord Vishnu’s Missing Conch
Vishnu was said to carry a conch along with him at all times. He found the conch was missing one day. This angered him greatly, and he put all of his energies into locating the conch.
Lord Vishnu was looking for the Conch when he suddenly heard the sound of the conch coming from afar. He started looking in that direction for it and quickly discovered it was coming from Mount Kailash. As he approached the mountain, he discovered that Lord Ganesha had stolen the conch and was busily blowing it. Knowing that Lord Ganesha would not readily surrender, he went to Shiva and urged him to ask Ganesha to return the conch to him.
Shiva claimed that he, too, lacked the capacity to grant Ganesha’s wishes and that the only way to satisfy him is to perform a puja. So Lord Vishnu was the one who performed it. He prepared all of the essential materials for the puja and worshipped Ganesha with all of his heart. Ganesha was overjoyed when he saw this and returned Vishnu’s conch to him.
Introducing Lord Ganesha to children by telling them his mythological stories is a great approach. He is known to remove obstacles and ensures success in human endeavours.
May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on you forever!!