About Gods, Devas and Avatars …

The Hindu Pantheon is a place where myth and reality are perfectly mixed. It is not a place for punishment or prohibition, but a place where everything seems possible!
I have always been fascinated by the aesthetics and dynamics of Hinduism Deities: the blue Gods with multiple arms riding bulls, eagles and tigers; the possibility of disguising just to conquer the love of their lives; the magical weapons that are thrown to the bad guys like ninja stars; the epical stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; and all the rich and colorful fashion, oh Lord, their fashion (in case you didn’t know, I used to be a fashion designer, so the fashion bug is still there)!
Well, today I want to tell you the story of my very favorite among them all … Ganesha: the remover of all obstacles, the God of intellect and wisdom, the Patron of arts and science. I don’t know if it is because of my weakness for the wild life, but I love the idea of having a God with an elephant head that ironically rides a mouse!
He belongs to a very important family as his father –Shiva– is one of the main three deities (Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer). There are many versions of Ganesha’s story, and the one that I’m going to tell you is quite tragic but beautiful, because it is a story of love (like all tragedies, no?).
One day, Parvati (Shiva’s wife), tired of her assistants not obeying her all the time because of their fear of Shiva, decided to create a boy and made him her own son; tells the legend that she basically molded him out of her own saffron paste.
One day she asked him to guard her house entrance while she took a bath, giving him express instruction not to let anyone inside the house without her permission. Not long after, and to Shiva’s surprise, the boy stopped him from entering his own house.
This was enough to ignite Shiva’s fury that kept growing and growing as all his attempts to keep the boy under control failed. Not even the powerful Brahman disguised as a Priest could make the boy come into his senses, or the strong army of Ganas and Devas led by Kartikeya and Indra (Gods of War).
This boy was such a fearless and eager fighter that at the end Shiva decided to kill him with his own hands.
That’s when with the help of Vishnu that kept on distracting the boy, Shiva was able to cut his head off.
Immediately realizing how sad his beloved Parvati was after he killed her son he sent Brahma and Vishnu to go north and get the head of the first creature that crossed their path and fit it to the boy’s body to bring him back to life. And what was the first creature they found? Yes, a beautiful single-tusked elephant!
When the kid came back to life, Parvati felt absolute joy as she dearly loved her son! And Shiva, ashamed for being such an arrogant, apologized to Parvati and recognized the boy as his own son naming him Ganesha the Presiding Officer of all his Ganas.
Since then, Ganesha is worshiped by many! In particular when in need of overcoming obstacles!

Well, this is the story of my favorite Hindu God, hope you enjoy it as much as I do! As I get to know more about other Gods and Deities, I’ll keep on sharing with all of you!

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