Ganesha | How
Lord Ganesha was born |
Kubera's pride takes a fall |
Ganesha defeats Gana |
Ganesha and the Moon
This is another interesting story
about Narada trying to create trouble as usual. Narada
visited Lord Shiva & Parvati and presented them with a
fruit, saying that they should give it to the person whom
they liked most.
Shiva set a test for his two sons Ganesha and Murugha. He
asked them to go round the world and said that the person
who finished doing this first would get the fruit. Murugha
at once rushed on his mount, the peacock and made a quick
trip around the world. He was surprised to find that
Ganesha had already finished doing this, since he knew
that Ganesha could not move very fast. Ganesha replied
that his parents were his universe, his only world. So he
had completed his task by just going around them.
How Lord Ganesha was born
Once upon a time Mother Parvati
wished to take a bath. She created a boy from the dirt of
her body and asked him to stand guard outside while she
cleansed herself. Meanwhile, Lord Shiva returned home.
When he tried to enter the house, the boy prevented him
from doing so. In anger, Shiva cut off the boy's head.
When Parvati saw this, she burst into tears. In order to
console her, Shiva sent out his troops (gaNa) to fetch the
head of anyone found sleeping with his head pointing to
the north. They found an elephant sleeping thus and
brought back its head. Shiva then attached the elephant's
head to the body of the boy and revived him. He named the
boy Ganapati, which means commander of his troops. He
granted him a boon that everyone would worship him
(Ganesha) before beginning any work.
takes a fall
We should never take undue pride in
our material or spiritual accomplishments. The old saying
"Pride always leads to a fall." is proved true in the
Kubera (the God of wealth) invited Shiva and Parvati to
dinner wishing to show off his riches. But, the couple
denied Kubera's request and said that he could feed
Ganesha instead. Kubera laughed and said 'I can feed
thousands of children like this."
Ganesha went to his palace and sat down to eat. He started
eating all the food placed in front of him. As was the
custom, more and more food was served to him, as he did
not say that he had enough. Soon there was no more food in
the palace and so Kubera ordered his troops to get more
food from the surrounding villages. But Ganesha continued
eating and there was no more food to be found. Still very
hungry, Ganesha started eating all the furniture.
Kubera became very frightened. Ganesha told him, " You
promised my parents you will feed me. Now, I have to eat
you up as I am still very hungry ". Kubera ran away and
pleaded with Shiva to save him from Ganesha. Shiva asked
Kubera to give up his pride and serve Ganesha a handful of
rice. Kubera went back to his palace. By this time,
Ganesha's stomach had become very huge but the child was
still hungry. When Kubera served a cup of rice with
humility, Ganesha's hunger was satisfied.
Vinakaya or Gananayaka is another
name for Ganesha.
Gananayaka is the lord of Ganas or one who defeats Gana. A
beautiful son named Gana was born to the King Abhijit and
queen Gunavati. He was very bright and strong. He was a
great devotee of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, pleased with his
devotion granted him some boons. However, this increased
Gana's ego. He soon fell into bad company.
One day he visited sage Kapila's ashram. Kapila had a gem
called Chintamani that was wish fulfilling and could
provide food for thousands. When Gana saw this, he wanted
to possess the gem. Kapila did not want to give it to him.
But Gana forcibly took it away from him. Kapila prayed to
Lord Ganesha. Ganesha appeared in Gana's dream and cut off
his head. Gana, on waking up, did not repent but became
angry and took his army to kill Kapila. Gana's father,
Abhijit, pleaded with Gana to give Kapila back his gem but
Gana did not heed the advice. However, on reaching
Kapila's ashram he found that Ganesha had assembled an
army. In a fierce fight, Gana was killed by Ganesha and
Ganesha restored the " Chintamani " to Kapila.
Kapila, however, gave it back to Ganesha saying that even
a small gem like this could cause trouble, as wealth is
the root of many problems in this world. Kapila requested
Ganesha to stay back. From then on, this place (Theur near
Pune) was called 'Chintamani Vinayaka'.
Ganesha and the
One day Ganesha was invited to a
feast. Being very fond of sweets, he consumed a large
number of sweets. While returning home his stomach burst
open, due to the weight of the food consumed. Luckily it
was night. Hoping no one had seen him; he quickly tied his
stomach with a snake. Unfortunately the moon saw him and
burst into peals of laughter.
Ganesha was furious and uttered a curse that the moon
would be invisible from then on. The moon was ashamed of
his action and begged forgiveness. Ganesha also felt he
had been hasty in cursing the moon. But since he could not
take back his curse but only lessen it's intensity, he
proclaimed that the moon would wax and wane and would be
invisible on only one day of the month, " amavasya ",
which is, to this day considered inauspicious.