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We have several gods whose head or face or body is of animal and we worship them.
One is that, as she created him she asked him to guard her place as she was going to take bath. When she created him, Shiv was not at home, so neither he knew about his birth, nor he had seen him. He had gone to fight some Asur. By chance when Ganesh was guarding his mother's place, Shiv Jee came back and sent his Nandee to inform Paarvatee that he had come. As Nandee came to the door and wanted to enter the place, Ganesh did not allow him to go inside at any cost and got cross with him. He defeated Nandee. It was the first time that Nandee was stopped from going inside and got defeated. He went back to Shiv and told him that a child had defeated him.
Shiv Jee filled with rage he himself came and wanted to go inside, but he also had to face Ganesh first before entering the place. Ganesh fought with him also, and Shiv Jee cut his head and entered the place triumphantly. When Paarvatee Jee saw him inside, she immediately asked him how did he come inside? He said - "There was a child sitting outside, he dared to fight with me, I killed him and came inside." Paarvatee started crying hearing this. Then she told him that he was their son, and she loved him very much. Hearing this Shiv Jee got worried, but considering the gravity of situation, he immediately sent his Gan instructing that go to north, find the first child and bring his head. His Gan went, found a baby elephant, cut his head and brought it to Shiv Jee. Shiv Jee fixed it on the body of Ganesh Jee and he came alive. Paarvatee Jee got very happy to find her son alive and well.
Shiv and Paarvatee Jee did not like his way to bless the baby and requested him to look at him at least once. Shani Dev did not want to look at the baby, but when Paarvatee Jee insisted very much, he said - "Devee, Everybody knows that my sight is very inauspicious, I do not want to create any unpleasant environment by looking at the baby, please excuse me." This time Paarvatee Jee threatened him, so he just turned his head a little bit and looked at the baby with a slanting sight. As his sight fell on the baby, his head got cut and fell down.
Paarvatee Jee started crying and abusing Shani Dev. Shani Dev asked for their forgiveness and said to them - "I told you before, but you did not listen to me. What can I do? My sight is like this." Paarvatee Jee started crying more loudly and she cursed all Devtaa - "From now on no Devtaa will have his own child from his own wife." All Devtaa got scared hearing this curse, but could not do anything. Vishnu considering the gravity of situation, sent His ride Garud to bring the head of first baby as soon as possible. Garud Jee got a head of a baby elephant, he brought it to Vishnu and He then fixed it on the body of the baby. The baby came alive. Later Shiv Jee appointed him as the head of is Gan and instructed all to worship him first. That is why he is called Ganesh and he is worshipped before any Devtaa in every Poojaa.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/01/13