Today, people are all set to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is commemorated crosswise the nation, especially in the state of Maharashtra, with great religious zeal.
Ganpati, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is the representation of knowledge, success and good luck. Giant Ganesha idols are fabricated and lovely pandals are adorned to rejoice the festival that goes on for 10 days.
Read out some of the most interesting facts about Lord Ganesha’s life.
1) His Birth Story
During the time of Ganesha's birth, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati stayed at Mount Kailash and Lord Shiva would be out for doing his responsibilities most of the times. One day, while Goddess Parvati decided to take a bath, there was no one to guard her and she made a structure of her turmeric paste using which she used to clean her body. She named the child Ganesha, which was very much loyal to her.
2) Karthikeya and Ganesha
Once Ganesha and his younger brother, Karthikeya were playing when they got a special fruit from the gods and they were not ready to share it. Their parents said that whoever goes around the world thrice first will be able to get the fruit. Karthika set off with his peacock and Ganesha considered his parents as his universe and asked permission to revolve around them. Ultimately Ganesha won the fruit.
3) The Elephant face
Once, while Goddess Parvati was taking her bath, Ganesh was guarding the door and he even did not let Lord Shiva in. It resulted in a big fight between Ganesha and Lord Shiva and ended up with Lord Shiva beheading Ganesha. Seeing this goddess Parvati threatened to destroy the universe if Lord Shiva did not bring back Ganesha. Shiva then sends his troops to the forests and asked them to get the head of the first animal that they see in the forest. They initially saw an elephant and took his head, which was later placed on Ganesha's head. Lord Shiva then started accepting Ganesha as his son.
4) The single tusk of Ganesha
As per one theory related to Ganesha's tusk, while he was guarding the door for Lord Shiva, sage Parshuram came to meet him. Ganesha denied his entry and both started fighting and lost one of his tusk during the fight and later came to be called as Ekdant, which means someone with a single tooth.
Another theory that revolves around Ganesha's tusk is that when Ved Vyas contacted Ganesha to write Mahabharata from him, Ganesha asked Vyas to narrate it in one go, without making any break. As Ganesha started writing down the story, his quill broke down unexpectedly and without thinking anymore, he broke one of his tusks and converted it into a pen so as to continue the writing.
5) How he got the name of "God of Beginnings"?
One day Ganesha was guarding the swarg lok as all others were busy attending the wedding of Lord Vishnu. It was at that time Narad Muni saw him alone and he said to Ganesha that he was not invited because he had the habit of eating too much and also looked very fat. This indeed made Ganesha very angry and he at once set of his mice army to dig the solid from underground and to make it a big hollow through the way which the procession of the marriage was going to pass. As per Ganesha's instructions, the mice dug the soil and the chariot wheels got stuck, thereby disturbing the marriage procession.
No Gods were able to pull the chariot out from the soil and when a passerby took the name of Lord Ganesha, the wheels came out. When the Gods asked Ganesha on why he did such an act, he said that he was the "God of Beginnings" and has the power to remove all the hurdles of life. After hearing this, the Gods decided to go back and they took Ganesha to the wedding after seeking apology from him.