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5 Legends Associated with Lord Ganesha


General Knowledge  •  5 Sept, 2023  •  4,074 Views  •  ⭐ 3.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, is rich with stories, legends, and folklore. As the air fills with the intoxicating aroma of modaks and the rhythmic beats of drums, it's the perfect time to revisit the enchanting tales of our beloved elephant-headed deity. Join me as we dive deep into five magical stories connected to Lord Ganesha.

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Ganesha's Elephant Head

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This enchanting story starts in the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Desiring companionship, Parvati created Ganesha from the turmeric paste from her body and breathed life into him. Once, while she was bathing, she instructed Ganesha to guard the entrance. When Lord Shiva returned, Ganesha, not recognizing him, stopped his entry. Enraged, Shiva beheaded Ganesha. To console a heartbroken Parvati, Shiva promised to bring Ganesha back to life. He instructed his followers to bring the head of the first living being they encountered, which happened to be an elephant. Thus, Ganesha was revived with an elephant's head, giving us the unique deity we adore today.

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Lord Ganesha and his brother, Kartikeya, once found themselves in a unique contest set by their parents. Tasked with circumnavigating the world, Kartikeya confidently flew off on his peacock. Meanwhile, Ganesha, filled with wisdom, simply walked around his parents, explaining that for him, they were his entire world. His devotion and wisdom touched Shiva and Parvati, making him the winner in their eyes.

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Ganesha's profound love for modaks is legendary. There are several stories that mention his fondness for this sweet, but the exact origin remains a mystery woven in myth. However, one thing is certain - offering modaks during Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to please the deity and bring blessings to the devotee.

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