Tuesday, Oct 24th

Last update:02:31:00 AM GMT

You are here: Religion Festivals September Story of Ganesha

Story of Ganesha

 Ganesha also known as Ganapathi is always the first god worshiped before undertaking any work. He is also the remover of all impediments. There are at least two slightly different versions of how he got the elephant head.

According to Shiv Purana, Lord Shiva had gone on war with his ganas. Goddess Parvati, his wife, wanted to take a bath. Having no attendants to guard the door and prevent some one from coming in accidentally, she created a small boy out of the turmeric paste and dirt of her skin. She then infused life into the statue and very beautiful boy was created. She asked him to guard the entrance and not allow any one inside until she said it was okay to do so.

It so happened that Shiva came back from his trip and demanded to enter his own house. The little boy did not know him and refused to disobey his mother. Shiva tried various ways with the boy but the boy refused to let him in. Shiva then sent his ganas to fight the little boy, but they were no match to the little boy who easily defeated them Finally, Shiva went to fight with him and after a fierce battle he severed the head of the little boy.

Hearing the commotion Parvati came out and found her son decapitated. She was filled with sorrow and rage. She demanded the boy be brought back to life. Shiva, who is the destroyer in the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, could not bring back the little boy to life. Parvati created numerous shaktis (forms of herself) to devour the ganas. Brahma, the creator and Vishnu, the preserver, came to calm Parvati. Brahma agreed to bring the boy to life but could not use the severed head. Shiva asked his ganas to go and bring the head of an animal who was lying with his head to the north direction. The ganas found an elephant and brought back its head. Brahma put the head of the elephant and brought the little boy to life.

Parvati was now worried for her strange looking son. So, Shiva made him the chief of his gana hence the name Ganapathi(leader of the ganas) or Ganesh (lord of the ganas). Brahma and Vishnu blessed the boy Ganesha that he will always be the first god worshiped and will be the remover of impediments and hence always very popular.

Another version of this story goes like this. Shiva and Parvati were blessed with a baby boy. All the gods came to see the beautiful baby. However, Shani (Saturn) would not look at him. This did not go unnoticed by Parvati. She demanded that Shani look at the baby. Shani looked at the baby and the head burned instantaneously to ashes. Parvati was beside herself in grief. To pacify Parvati, Shiva asked his ganas to get the head of anyone lying with their head to the north. The ganas found a elephant and brought his head back. Shiva revived the baby with the elephant head.

Prayer to Lord Ganesa before starting any work

Vakratunda mahakaya soorya koti samaprabha

nirvighnam kurumay deva sarva karyeshu sarvada.

Vinayaka namasthubyam sarva deva namaskrutha

Avignam kurumey deva sarva karyeshu sarvadha

Sumukascha eka dhanthascha kapilo gajakarnakaha

Lambodharascha vikato vignarajo Gajanana:

Vakra thunda sorupa karnaha heramba skanda poorvajaha

                                                                          Shodasaithani namani yah pateth srunayadhapi

                                                                     Vidyarambe vivahacha pravesey nirgamamey thatha

                                                                            Sangramey sarva karyeshu vignasthasya na jayathey.

LAS VEGAS (AP) Police were called after hundreds of job seekers on Thursday flooded a board meeting for the new Oakland Raiders stadium in Las Vegas and turned irate when they discovered they'd been had by a Amari Cooper Jerseys hoax.A flyer promoting "pre-job recruitment sign-ups" attracted more than 700 people to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board.Tensions flared among some attendees after officials explained there were no jobs as of yet on the $1.9 billion project, which has many steps Bruce Irvin Jerseys that must be completed before construction can begin.Las Vegas police closed off access to the county building's parking Charles Woodson Jerseys lots after the size of the crowd ballooned.Board chairman Steve Hill denounced the flyer after the meeting, saying, "If folks were brought to the meeting under a false pretense, I think that's too bad, that obviously shouldn't happen."But he added that the attendance "exhibits a real Latavius Murray Jerseys desire on the part of a number of people in the community to go to work."The fake flyer specifically targeted black men and women and advertised for union and non-union positions.Raiders executives and members of the group that the team has assembled to carry out the project spoke at Thursday's meeting and said they are working on an agreement that will address minority hiring and reaffirmed that they will meet a state-mandated 15 percent contracting of small businesses."The Raiders take this obligation very seriously," Raiders Executive Vice President Dan Ventrelle said of the so-called community benefits plan, which will outline the hiring of a diverse workforce. "We embrace working within the outline of the legislation and meeting all of its requirements."The board is expected to discuss the plan at its August meeting, as well as an agreement that would allow the football team of Khalil Mack Jerseys the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to use the 65,000-seat stadium that will be built near the Las Vegas Strip. The board must approve those two and other documents before any ground breaking. The team wants to play in Sin City starting in 2020.Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million through a room tax increase. On Thursday, the board learned the tax increase yielded more than $13.1 million from March through May. That's 16 percent ahead of projections.The team and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project. In addition, the team has secured a $650 million loan from Bank of America to cover the rest of the project's cost.