Hi guys! Today, I’m going to tell you about the elephant-headed god (yes you heard it right) Ganesha. You might have heard about him as the Remover of Obstacles but you might not know how he was born. Do you think he was born with an elephant head? No. Today I’m going to tell you about how he got his elephant head.
Once, Parvati wanted to take a bath, but her husband, Shiva had gone to meditate. She wanted someone to guard her chambers but there was no one in the palace (gone when you need them the most😂). So she decided to make a statue with turmeric paste. Soon, she finished making the statue of a boy. She gave life to the statue, he was plump and intelligent. Parvati said, “My child, I name you Vinayaka! I want you to guard the entrance until your father, Shiva comes. Dear, take this spear and go.”.
Vinayaka went outside and stood guard. After a while, Shiva returned from his meditation. Vinayaka barred Shiva from entering. Remember, as Vinayaka was just born, he didn’t know how his father looked. Shiva was angry and said, “Boy! who are you to stop me from entering my own house? Move!” Vinayaka unflinchingly replied, “Mother has ordered me to not let anyone in. I will obey her.”.
Shiva got angrier and ordered a Gana to fight Vinayaka. Both fought ferociously and Vinayaka was victorious. He then ordered his full army to fight Vinayaka but in vain. Finally, Shiva himself fought Vinayaka and the battle lasted a long time. Shiva’s sword and Vinayaka’s spear clashed as Vinayaka parried Shiva’s blow. Finally, Shiva took out his renowned Trishul (Trident) and sliced Vinayaka’s head off.
Hearing all this commotion, Parvati came out to see what was happening (After all this time?). She was shocked to see her beloved son’s decapitated body lying in the ground. She shrieked and started wailing at her loss. She glared at Shiva with bloodshot eyes and said, “You killed our son?! I want him back, NOW!”
Shiva was shocked when she said that the boy was their son, he was overcome with grief and guilt. He ordered the Ganas to bring the head of the first being they encounter while going north. The Ganas went north and found a dead elephant, they brought it’s head to Shiva and he put it on Vinayaka’s head.
‘How can someone restore a fully severed head?’ you ask? What I think is that Shiva had the knowledge and ability to restore a fully severed head! Something similar to a head transplant in modern medicine. You might have another question by now, ‘Why didn’t he restore Vinayaka’s original head?’. Its because the Trishul was so powerful that it shattered his head in thousands of pieces.
Then, Vinayaka regained consciousness and Shiva said, “Son, I name you Ganesha, leader of the Ganas! I am proud of you for obeying your mother until your last breath so I bless you with prosperity and extreme knowledge.” Parvati also blessed him and said, “Ganesha, I give you these weapons, Parashu (ax), Ankush (elephant goad) and Pasa (noose).” All the gods came and blessed Ganesha with many powers.