Hi guys! Today I’m going to tell you about Lord Ganesha’s Vahana (mount). You might have heard about Mooshika the mouse as Lord Ganesha’s mount. Did you wonder, ‘Where did the mouse come from?’. You might have also wondered how can such a small mouse, bear the weight of the Lord? You have come to the right place. So, let’s go!
Backstory: Once, there was a demigod named Krauncha in Svargalok. He was immersed in an Apsara’s dancing and accidentally stepped on Sage Vamadeva’s foot. The Sage was extremely angry and cursed Krauncha, “You will be a havoc-wreaking mouse forever!”. Krauncha begged for forgiveness and Sage Vamadeva calmed down a bit and said, “Lord Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles shall free you from this curse and the Gods shall bow down before you.” (Sages have a volatile mood😂)
Once, Sage Parashar invited Lord Ganesha to his Ashram (hermitage). Lord Ganesha arrived and talked to him on philosophical topics. Suddenly a worried disciple entered the room and bowed to both of them. He said, ” Oh Sage, a mouse has entered our Ashram and is wrecking it. Ganesha and Parashar divined that it was the cursed demigod, Krauncha that was ravaging the Ashram.
They rushed there and saw the ruined cottages with rice and grains strewn everywhere. Ganesha summoned his Pasa (noose) and looped it around the mouse’s neck and caught the mouse. Krauncha prayed to Ganesha, ” Oh Lord! Please forgive me for this mistake.” and offered to be his Vahana. Ganesha forgave him and accepted the offer.
Krauncha said, “Oh Lord! I am so fortunate to be your Vahana. How can I bear your weight?” Ganesha said, “I give you the boon that you will be able to bear my weight. I also give you a new name, Mooshika!”
Moral of the story:
Do not mess with Sages. I’m just kidding 😉 If you pray with devotion to Lord Ganesha, he will surely answer your prayers.