Lord Ganesha, gives us joy, wisdom and removes our obstacles.
He is the virtual son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The story of birth of Ganesh is a very fascinating one.
A long time ago when Lord Shiva, was away fighting for the Gods. His wife Goddess Parvati was alone at home one day, she needed someone to guard the house when she was going for a bath, she used her powers to create a son, Ganesh. She instructed Ganesh to guard the house and not to allow anyone into the house.
In the meantime Lord Shiva returned and was stopped at the entrance by Ganesh. He did not allow Shiva to enter the house. Lord Shiva was angry beyond control and in a fit of anger chopped off Ganesh’s head.
Parvati came out from her bath and was shocked at what she saw. She was very upset at Lord Shiva and told him that how on her instructions Ganesh was guarding the house and following her command and request
To make it up to Parvati, Lord Shiva agreed to put life back into Ganesha by putting the head of the first sleeping living creature that came in sight which was sleeping with its head to the north, he sent his soldiers for the same.
The first creature was an elephant. So Lord Shiva re-created his son with the head of the elephant. Hence the trunk of Lord Ganesha.
Parvati was still not completely happy, then Lord Shiva granted Ganesha a boon that before beginning of any task people would worship him. Thus this is the reason for worship of Ganesha before commencing any work.
Thus, this is the first post in the Mythology and Classics section.
Did you like this post? Want to read more on these topics? Feel free to comment below.