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(Hindu Deity)GANESHA

Also known as GANAPATI, GANESA, GANESH, VINAYAKA
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Vahana (Vehicle) : Mooshika (Rodent)

Pot Bellied Son of Parvati and Shiva, the Elephant Headed God of obstacles. He can remove them or just as easily put one in your path if you're getting too cocky.

Ganesha is the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect. He isn't afraid to roll his sleeves up and have a go at the bigger tougher Gods either. His elephant head came about from a battle with his own father Shiva.

Parvati was dusty and looking forward to a good scrub but knowing the dodgy reputation of the locals she created a son from her pre-bath grime and ordered him to stand guard. In the meantime Shiva returned home and wondered what the hell a strange midget bloke was was doing loitering outside his front door.

'You shall not pass' cried the child.

'Oh really', replied Shiva... after he had finished laughing. Then he screamed something about being the one who pays the bills before slicing off the lads head.

Rumours abound that this could just be a cover up by Parvati's brother Shumi who might've accidently burned his head to ashes with a single glimpse from his dodgy eye. Either way the the neck stump was quickly adorned with the head of a baby elephant and the resulting tubby God/elephant combo was named Ganesha.

Some say that Shiva hastily lopped a replacement head off of the first living thing he came across - a baby elephant, others that Shiva already had the head with him after chopping off Gajasura's and carrying it around like a lucky charm. By the by an elephants had it was. Sometimes you just have to be happy with your lot.

When Parasurama went to visit Shiva, Ganesha was once again the proverbial no entry sign and a scrap ensued during which Ganesha recognized Parasurama's weapon as a gift from his father. He gave up the fight and happily took an axe in the face which broke off one of his tusks. This is bizarre behaviour indeed from the Deva of wisdom but i'm sure it has some spiritual significance, and besides it made a lovely pen - just the job for jotting-down his knowledge.

He showed a lot more intellect, however, when he and his brother Kartikkeya gave Buddhi and Siddhi the glad eye. Both wanted to marry the daughters of Prajāpati, and after much bickering decided that the first of them to circumnavigate the earth would be the lucky boy. Ganesha wrapped a snake around his huge belly to hold up his pants, summoned Mooshika his Vahana, took a deep breath then... sat down to write scriptures. Well, he was a little over weight and as Mooshika was a rodent there was no way he could physically make it around the world and back before his brother. Instead he spent a few seconds walking around Parvati who meant the world to him, then raided the fridge.

By the time Karttikeya returned Ganesha was already married to Buddhi (knowledge ) and Siddhi (success) and father of Labha (profit) and Kshema (prosperity).
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'GANESHA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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