Lord Ganesha Story
There are two distinct stories about the birth of Lord Ganesha. One has it that Goddess Parvati made Ganesha out of earth off her body while having a shower and set him to monitor her entryway while she completes her shower.
Shiva who has gone out, returned around then, yet as Ganesha didn’t know about him, prevented him from entering. Lord Shiva was very furious and dis-mantled the head of Ganesha after a fierce battle between the two. Parvati was infuriated and Shiva guaranteed that Lord Ganesha will live again. Lord Shiva instructed the devas to search all the directions to get the dead man’s skull. The devas who went looking for a head confronting north of a dead individual could oversee just the head skull of an elephant. Shiva replaced the dead elephant’s head to the kid and brought him back to life.
The other portrayal is that Lord Ganesha was made by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on demand of Devas to help them against Rakshasas. Lord Ganesha’s role was to be a vighnakarta – Obstruction creator in the way of Rakshasas, and a Vignnaharta – Obstruction remover to help Devas.
The Curse of the Moon – A Fairy Tale:
As a foodie, Lord Ganesha was very fond of sweets. One ordinary day, one of his followers offered him sweets, and Lord Ganesha spent the entire day enjoying the delicious sweets. At the dawn of night, he started his way back home carrying all the sweets along with him. Accidentally he stepped over a stone, scattering all the sweets on the ground. As he delicately picked up each sweet, the Moon God started giggling at him.
Having seen this site, and embarrassed Lord Ganesha cursed the Moon God for laughing at him with all his pride. The Moon God apologetically turned towards Lord Ganesha, having sensed his genuine regret He offered forgiveness. Yet Lord Ganesha cursed the Moon God that he would no longer be full all the time, but would change its shape in the course of 15 days. As the Moon God made fun of him, Lord Ganesha declared that all those who would view the Moon on Chaturthi would be accused of false deeds and face troubles. Anyone accidentally viewing the Moon on that particular day, he or she would not have to face the accusations if they listen and recite the Syamantaka Mani story from the ancient Indian myths.
Lord Ganesha is popularly known to be the “God of the Beginning”. Whether it is a ritual or the beginning of something new, nothing ever starts without worshipping Lord Ganesha. It is believed as per the legends mentioned in the Ganesha Purana, Lord Ganesha has taken different incarnations to save the world from the evil elements. As per the religious history and findings, Lord Ganesha took as many as 8 different avatars to destroy monsters and demons who were trying to destroy the peace on earth. The stories and legends of Lord Ganesha are described in detail in many puranic texts and among them, Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana(Upa Puranas) are completely dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The different incarnations that Lord Ganesha took in different cosmic ages are 1.Vakratunda, 2.Ekadanta, 3.Mahodara, 4.Gajavaktra(Gajanana), 5.Lambodara, 6.Vikata, 7.Vighnaraja, and 8.Dhoomravarna.