FAQ On Lord Ganesh Part 4
June 24, 2007
Why is Lord Ganesh venerated by all the Hindu Gods and Goddesses?
There are two instances where Lord Ganesh was blessed by His father Lord Shiva that He would always be prayed and invoked first.
Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesh from the surface of her skin and told Him to stand guard while she bathed. Soon Lord Shiva approached this young boy and was refused entrance. In rage, Lord Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Once the whole truth came to light, Lord Shiva found the first living creature sleeping with his head facing the north and joined its head to the body of the boy. That animal was the elephant. Lord Shiva then blessed Lord Ganesh that He will always be first venerated by the entire Brahman. Apart from this Lord Ganesha also represents Om or the Pranava. That is why He is invoked before beginning anything auspicious.The second instance has three different versions but they all signify the same.
- All Gods and Goddesses came to Lord Shiva asking Him to suggest someone as their leader.
Devarshi Narad had brought a fruit and asked Lord Shiva to give it to the son that He most admired.
There was a dispute between Lord Kartikeyan / Karthikeyan or Lord Skanda and Lord Ganesh as to who was the eldest.
All these above situations created the following incident. Lord Shiva told his sons that whoever circled around the Universe the quickest would be declared victorious.Lord Skanda’s vahan is the peacock. He flew around the Universe and when He returned to His parents He found that Lord Ganesh had already completed the task.Lord Ganesh circled round his parents because to Him, His parents represent the entire manifested universe. This pleased the proud father and He blessed him saying that He will be prayed first by everyone before any other Gods and Goddesses.
Another version to the reason why the whole of Brahman worships Lord Ganesh first is that He inspite of knowing that He would have to lay down His life defending the palace gates on the order of His mother Parvati, He continued to stand guard.To Him, obeying His mother was His Param Dharama – (One and Only Ultimate Duty). His sacrifice is Pujaniya that is why when He was brought back to life, Lord Vishnu and Brahma made Him the Adhikari of Agraya Puja- this means that in Trilok (Three worlds) whether it was God, Goddess, Gandharava (Celestial singers), Kinnara (Celestial beings) or humans, all have to first call upon Lord Ganesh, seek His blessings and then commence their work.
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