One day Mata Parvati, Lord Shiva’s beloved wife, instructed Lord Shiva’s attendant Nandi not to let anyone in while she was taking a bath. A little later Lord Shiva arrived wishing to enter. Nandi was in a dilemma as how to stop his master. Lord Shiva entered, whereas Mata Parvati was not ready to receive him. She was upset and wondered why Nandi had not obeyed her command. She complained to Lord Shiva but he did not take the matter too seriously. He was amused to hear that Mata Parvati had asked Nandi to stop him from entering his own home. Mata Parvati was annoyed. She shared her feelings with her friends. They teased Mata Parvati by saying that she had no attendant of her own. They all considered Shiva their true master.
One of Mata Parvati’s friends came up with the idea to create a person who would owe his first vallegiance to her and not to Lord Shiva. So Mata Parvati gathered the saffron paste (used at the time of bathing), from her own body and created a boy. She gave the boy life and hugged him dearly. “You are my son, my very own son, I do not have anyone else to call my very own” said Mata Parvati. Then Mata Parvati gave the boy a staff and asked him to guard the door, “Do not to allow any one to enter without my permission.” A little later Lord Shiva arrived and wondered who the boy could be and why was he there. His attendants did not know either. As Lord Shiva approached the door, the boy stopped him. Lord Shiva tried to explain to the boy that he was Mata Parvati’s husband and he had the right to enter without asking any one.
The boy said without hesitation, “Halt, no one enters these halls without my mother’s permission.” When Lord Shiva ignored him, the boy hit him with his staff. Lord Shiva was furious. He tried to fight the young boy to realize that he was no ordinary boy. Shiva asked his attendants to capture the boy but single-handedly, the boy defeated all of them. News reached Mata Parvati through her friends and she thought, “Lord Shiva is after all my husband.” But she instantly argued, “But why should he try to force himself in without giving respect to the my privacy?” So she firmly conveyed her feelings to her friend, and she took the message to the boy, “Mata Parvati has given definite instruction as not to allow any one to enter the palace. The boy declared, “I am the son of Mata Parvati. I will give my life to carry out my mother’s orders. No one can enter the palace without my mother’s permission.”
The messenger returned to Lord Shiva and humbly informed him what the boy had said. Lord Shiva’s pride was hurt. Shiva was so angry that he sent his entire army to capture the Ganesha. Mata Parvati called for her other powers, Kali and Durga. She asked them to stand beside her son. Shiva’s army lost the battle and the attendants ran for their lives. Lord Shiva was enraged beyond control and in a fit of rage slashed the head of Ganesha. In the meantime Mata Parvathi came out from her bath and was aghast at the scene. She was very angry at her lordship for what had happened and explained him the situation. After the head rolled off, Shiva realized his mistake.When Parvati heard of the unfair fight she decided to destroy the world.Lord Brahma humbly approached Mata Parvati, seeking for mercy to save the world.
Mata Parvati agreed on two conditions, “My son must regain his life and he shall be worshipped before any of the other gods.” By that time Lord Shiva had calmed down and apologized for his rash behavior. He agreed to bring the boy back to life. He asked Lord Brahma to go North and bring the head of the first creature that crossed his path. Lord Brahma left with his party and soon brought back the head of a strong elephant. The head was then fitted to the body of the boy and Lord Brahma sprinkled water on it. The boy came to life with an elephant’s head on his shoulder. Lord Parvati embraced her son with joy. She then turned to Brahma to fulfill her second condition. Shiva apologized for his arrogance and declared “Hence on, this valiant boy will be my son. He will be respected as any other God and will be worshipped before any other God. He will be called Ganesh, the chief of my Ganas or attendants, and also Vigneshwar, the remover of all obstacles. This is the creation of lord Ganesha story.
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