This post was written by Bhasmank Mehta, Posted on 4th March 2016,Updated on 7th March 2016
One Story that my mother used to tell me when I was around 5 or 6 living in Nairobi, Kenya. It stayed with me because I had repeatedly asked her to narrate this to me and my brother who happens to be three and one half of one years my junior. Doubt if he remembered it but that’s less important as he now knows it; I’m Sure!
Once Upon a time Shiv lived with his wife Parvati in Kailas Parvat. [I thought this was a mountain like the hills I had viewed on the horizon on my way to school!] Not many people lived in the surrounding area. Shiv always used to go for meditation leaving Parvati all alone at home.
One day, Parvati asked Shiv to give him a Son who could not only be a company for her but also look after her when He (Shiv) was away. Every time Shiv made excuse, “Some other time.” or “Next time I am home.”
So, next time Shiv was out meditating and when Parvati decided to go for a shower, she gathered up all the skin that shred from her body. She collected all this skin-flakes along with all the cleaning powder and created a small baby boy. She gave it life and names him Ganesh. Now, she felt safe that someone was guarding the door when she was busy bathing or doing something when she did not want anyone to enter the house.
Soon came the time for Shiv to come back. Next morning, when He approached the gateway of the house, Ganesh stopped Him, “You cannot go in. My mother is having a bath.”
“Can’t go in? Mother having a bath? What are you on about child? And just who are you? Get out of my way.” Shiv said as he unsuccessfully tried to push Ganesh to one side.
“I am Ganesh and my mother’s name is Parvati. She has instructed me that no one is allowed in whilst she is enjoying a bath.” said Ganesh.
“I don’t know of any child. Besides, she is my wife and this is MY house. Get out of my way, little child!” Shiv tried once again to make his way towards His house.
This carried on for some time and a fight broke out between them. Both were equally strong as Parvati had created a ‘Strong Son’ that could look after her in the absence of Shiv, her husband.
This time, Shiv took out His Trishul [Described as Trident, a Surface to Air Missile by some!] and chopped off the child’s head! It flew so far away that it impossible to locate.
Meanwhile, hearing the commotion, Parvati quickly dressed up and came outside to gauge the reason for this disturbance. What she saw not only horrified her but also angered her beyond belief. She looked up towards her husband and asked, “What were you thinking? How dare you do this to our son?”
“What Son?” Asked Shiv inquisitively. “Please calm down and tell me what has been going on whilst I have been away.”
Parvati explained how Ganesh came to being and thereafter demanded that He must find Ganesh’s head and place it back on the torso so that he is alive again. There was no way Parvati was going to listen to Shiv until and unless he did what she had asked him to do. [Even in those day’s, it was a well known fact not to get entangled in an argument with a woman!]
Shiv send his army in all directions but the head was no where to be found. Time was fast running out. So one of the teams of Shiv followers decided to chop off the first thing that came along their pat and take that head to Shiv. Soon, they saw an elephant. They cut his head and took it back to Shiv so that He could attach the head to the child’s body. Soon the child began playing as though nothing had gone wrong.
Now when Parvati saw that an elephant’s head had been placed on her son’s body, she questioned Shiv. She was furious as she felt that no girl in her right mind will want to marry her son. Not in this condition anyway. Shiv, in turn, explained that she need’t worry. Not only will he get married twice but will also have two very wonderful sons named Shubh and Labh. More importantly, wherever and whenever there is any auspicious ceremony being performed, their Son will be the first to be remembered. Without his blessings, the task at hand will remain unaccomplished.
Ladies and Gentleman, I submit to you that this fact is true to this day. No matter what your religious beliefs; since that day, Ganesh Pooja is a must. Every Time. Without Fail. Without a Doubt.
Allow Me To Prove This Statement … I, Bhasmank Maheta am that Hindu Priest able to prove this statement to be true.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in this website, there is and will be more on the subject.