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Published on Sep 21, 2012
How Lord Ganesha got his elephant head Indian mythological story
Ganesha is one of the most popular deities in Hindu Mythology and is also known as the The Lord of Beginnings, The Remover of Obstacles and Vakratunda. He is most identified because of Elephant head.
Watch this animated video telling you the story of how Ganesha got his elephant head.
Once upon a time, high up in the Himalayas, my mother Parvati lived with her husband Shiva. One day, my mother sat down to make a sculpture of a boy. She carefully moulded the clay and ended up making a cute little boy, with chubby cheeks and everything. She looked at his chubby and roly likeness and was very pleased with her creation.
So, she decided to give it life, and this clay sculpture- me- came to life. We were both ecstatic. Since my mother had got dirty from making me, she decided to take a bath. As my father, the great Shiva, was away, she told me to guard the door and not let any strangers in.
Now, I had never seen Shiva, as I was just born. I sat outside, playing with a stick and minding my own business, when a large man, all blue and cool, came up to the hut. Not knowing who he was, I yelled, “Stop!” and he replied, “How dare you? I, am Shiva.”