Just like everything in my life, I’ve put off starting a blog for quite some time. Finally today, on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, on this auspicious first Tuesday of Shraavan Mahino (a month in the Hindu calender), I’ve decided to start it. And, just like anything us Hindus start, it must begin with Lord Ganesh, who I, like many others call “Ganpati Bapa”. Before I get into why I’ve decided to start a blog or what my blog will be about, let me tell you a little bit about Ganpati Bapa and why He is always first amongst prayers and all auspicious events. There are many theories about where Lord Ganesh came from and why He has an elephant head. The most common theory and the one that I believe is that once upon a time, Lord Shiva was away from His home on Mount Kailash for some urgent work. Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva was bathing and She decided She wanted a son so She took mud/dust from the ground and mixed it with water/perspiration from Her body which formed some sort of clay. She then turned the clay into a little boy by breathing on It. This boy was Lord Ganesh. Whether it was that same day or a few days after (no one really knows but various stories exist), she had asked Ganesh to guard the front door of Their house and not to let anyone inside. Lord Shiva happened to return home while Ganesh was protecting His house. Ganesh didn’t know who Shiva was and didn’t let Him into His house. Shiva, being the “Destroyer” took matters into His own hands and chopped of the little boy’s head. Shortly after, Parvati returned and explained to Shiva that he just chopped of his own Son’s head. Shiva couldn’t believe what had just happened, told His wife that He’d bring His child back to life and immediately sent other Gods and men out and told them to bring back the head of the first creature they saw, whether it was a human or animal. The first animal happened to be a baby elephant in the woods and therefore the head was chopped off and brought back to Lord Shiva. Shiva placed the head on His son, breathed on him and brought Him back to life. This is how Lord Ganesh ended up with an Elephant head. Parvati was still a bit unhappy with everything that had transpired so to make His Wife happy, Shiva let all the Gods know that before any task, project or occasion, everyone must pray to His son before praying to any other God. Lord Ganesh has to power to remove any obstacles that come in the way of all true devotees and therefore it is auspicious to pray to or include Ganesh before starting a task or event of great importance. Since most people reading my blog probably don’t know about Lord Ganesh and where He came from, I figured I’d explain who Ganapati Bapa is and why I’m starting my blog with His picture. That’s it for now. I will write a little more about the purpose of my blog later. Hope everyone that’s reading is having a great day! =)
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