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++How Ganesha Got His Elephant Head++

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g o d s - o f - i n d i a ++ GANESHA

WHAT'S IN A NAME? ---- The 108 Sacred Names of Ganesha.
I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM, BUT THE LIST WHICH FOLLOWS HAS BEEN CIRCULATING AROUND THE WEB FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND IS NOW ATTACHED TO DOZENS OF BLOGS. Instead of merely adding to the online clutter by repeating it as is, I intend here to rather elaborate on it, add value to it. Like my friends in Soka Gakkai in Japan, my mission in life is to add value, do what I do best and link to the rest. And in the process, put my knowledge to the test:
THE GANESHA STORY ---- How Ganesha Got That Elephant Head.
THERE ARE MANY STORIES ABOUT GANESHA WAS BORN AND HOW HE ENDED UP WITH THAT ELEPHANT HEAD. According the very well known Shiva-Purana version, Parvati (consort of Lord Shiva) was rather disappointed that none of the guards she appointed out of Lord Shiva's army failed to stop him from barging into her private chambers. She decided to have someone who would be entirely her own and place no one above her. According to Shiva Purana, Ganesha was born of the scurf from Parvati's body. Once, when Shiva was away, Parvati wanted someone to guard the door while she bathed. From the scurf of her body and water from the Ganges she created a boy who is Lord Ganesha. This makes Parvati and Ganga his mothers and he sometimes also known as Dwimatri. Having created the figure, Parvati infused life into him and told him to ensure that nobody entered her room while she bathed. Lord Shiva soon came in and was stopped by Lotd Ganesha. This enraged Shiva and He beheaded the boy.

Little did he know that he had killed his wife's son! Ascertaining the incommensurable disaster striking her son, Parvati was inconsolable. Unable to find the child head, Shiva grafted a elephant head on the dead body and gave him life again. Trying to repair his big mistake, he recognized Ganesha as his son and empowered him on all his servants; so he became "Ganapati".

A more detailed version describes Shiva sending his Gana army to attack. But Ganesha defeats them. Shiva requests Brahma to come; taking the form of a peaceful brahman, he tries gently to make the boy listen to reason. Vainly, Ganesh remains intractable.

Then, Shiva asks Kartikeya and Indra, to intervene and to mobilize their armies; Ganesha resists victoriously and routs the armies, thanks to the help of Kali and Durga, sent for Parvati, raging at the attack against her beloved son...

Finally, Shiva decides to enter himself in the battle; while Ganesha strives against Vishnu, treacherously, he attacks him in the rear and cuts off his head... The revenge of Parvati is terrible : she creates innumerable Shakti and order them to devour all the Gana and Deva. Absolutely terrified, Brahma and Vishnu beg her for mercy; in exchange, Parvati demands that his son can get life again.

She requests also another reparation : henceforth, his son will be worshipped first, before all other gods.

Shiva sends messengers, ordering them to bring back the first creature's head looking north side; indeed, this direction is well-known to be auspicious and synonymous with wisdom.

The first asleep creature which they find, with the head turned to north side is an elephant. They bring back his head and Shiva replaces it on the child body; then, he gives him life.

Parvati is expresses transport of joy; she embraces her son, the elephant-headed boy, named Ganesha by Shiva, i.e. "Lord of the Gana".

10 Bhupati - Lord of the Gods 11 Bhuvanpati - God of the Gods 12 Buddhinath - God of Wisdom 13 Buddhipriya - Knowledge Bestower 14 Buddhividhata - God of Knowledge 15 Chaturbhuj - One who has Four Arms 16 Devadeva - Lord of All Lords 17 Devantakanashakarin - Destroyer of Evils And Asuras 18 Devavrata - One who accepts all Penances 19 Devendrashika - Protector of All Gods 20 Dharmik - One who gives Charity 21 Dhoomravarna - Smoke-Hued Lord 22 Durja - Invincible Lord 23 Dvaimatura - One who has two Mothers 24 Ekaakshara - He of the Single Syllable 25 Ekadanta - Single-Tusked Lord 26 Ekadrishta - Single-Tusked Lord 27 Eshanputra - Lord Shiva’s Son 28 Gadadhara - One who has The Mace as His Weapon 29 Gajakarna - One who has Eyes like an Elephant 30 Gajanana - Elephant-Faced Lord 31 Gajananeti - Elephant-Faced Lord 32 Gajavakra - Trunk of The Elephant 33 Gajavaktra - One who has Mouth like An Elephant 34 Ganadhakshya - Lord of All Ganas (Gods) 35 Ganadhyakshina - Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
36 Ganapati - Lord of All Ganas (Gods)

37 Gaurisuta - The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
38 Gunina - One who is The Master of All Virtues 39 Haridra - One who is Golden Coloured 40 Heramba - Mother’s Beloved Son 41 Kapila - Yellowish-Brown Coloured 42 Kaveesha - Master of Poets 43 Krti - Lord of Music 44 Kripalu - Merciful Lord 45 Krishapingaksha - Yellowish-Brown Eyed 46 Kshamakaram - The Place of Forgiveness 47 Kshipra - One who is easy to Appease 48 Lambakarna - Large-Eared Lord 49 Lambodara - The Huge Bellied Lord 50 Mahabala - Enormously Strong Lord 51 Mahaganapati - Omnipotent and Supreme Lord 52 Maheshwaram - Lord of The Universe 53 Mangalamurti - All Auspicious Lord 54 Manomay - Winner of Hearts 55 Mrityuanjaya - Conqueror of Death 56 Mundakarama - Abode of Happiness 57 Muktidaya - Bestower of Eternal Bliss 58 Musikvahana - One who has mouse As charioteer 59 Nadapratithishta - One who Appreciates And Loves Music 60 Namasthetu - Vanquisher of All Evils & Vices & Sins 61 Nandana - Lord Shiva’s Son 62 Nideeshwaram - Giver of Wealth and Treasures 63 Omkara - One who has the Form Of OM 64 Pitambara - One who has Yellow-Coloured Body 65 Pramoda - Lord of All Abodes 66 Prathameshwara - First Among All 67 Purush - The Omnipotent Personality 68 Rakta - One who has Red-Coloured Body 69 Rudrapriya - Beloved Of Lord Shiva 70 Sarvadevatman - Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings 71 Sarvasiddhanta - Bestower of Skills And Wisdom 72 Sarvatman - Protector of The Universe 73 Shambhavi - The Son of Parvati 74 Shashivarnam - One who has a Moon Like Complexion 75 Shoorpakarna - Large-Eared Lord 76 Shuban - All Auspicious Lord 77 Shubhagunakanan - One who is The Master of All Virtues 78 Shweta - One who is as Pure as the White Colour 79 Siddhidhata - Bestower of Success & Accomplishments 80 Siddhipriya - Bestower of Wishes and Boons 81 Siddhivinayaka - Bestower of Success 82 Skandapurvaja - Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik) 83 Sumukha - Auspicious Face 84 Sureshwaram - Lord of All Lords 85 Swaroop - Lover of Beauty 86 Tarun Ageless 87 Uddanda - Nemesis of Evils and Vices 88 Umaputra - The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati) 89 Vakratunda - Curved Trunk Lord
90 Varaganapati - Bestower of Boons 91 Varaprada - Granter of Wishes and Boons 92 Varadavinayaka - Bestower of Success 93 Veeraganapati - Heroic Lord 94 Vidyavaridhi - God of Wisdom 95 Vighnahara - Remover of Obstacles 96 Vignaharta - Demolisher of Obstacles 97 Vighnaraja - Lord of All Hindrances 98 Vighnarajendra - Lord of All Obstacles 99 Vighnavinashanaya - Destroyer of All Obstacles & Impediments 100 Vigneshwara - Lord of All Obstacles 101 Vikat - Huge and Gigantic 102 Vinayaka - Lord of All 103 Vishwamukha - Master of The Universe 104 Vishwaraja - King of The World 105 Yagnakaya - Acceptor of All Sacred & Sacrficial Offerings 106 Yashaskaram - Bestower of Fame and Fortune 107 Yashvasin - Beloved and Ever Popular Lord 108 Yogadhipa - The Lord of Meditation elephant names | Lasts information Says: June 1, 2008 at 9:01 pm [...] 108 Names of Lord Ganesha (with meanings)31 Gajananeti - Elephant-Faced Lord. 32 Gajavakra - Trunk of The Elephant. 33 Gajavaktra - One who has Mouth like. An Elephant. 34 Ganadhakshya - Lord of All Ganas (Gods). 35 Ganadhyakshina - Leader of All The. Celestial Bodies …youthindia Weblog - [...] elephant names | Hottags Says: June 1, 2008 at 9:02 pm [...] 108 Names of Lord Ganesha (with meanings)31 Gajananeti - Elephant-Faced Lord. 32 Gajavakra - Trunk of The Elephant. 33 Gajavaktra - One who has Mouth like. An Elephant. 34 Ganadhakshya - Lord of All Ganas (Gods). 35 Ganadhyakshina - Leader of All The. Celestial Bodies …youthindia Weblog - [...] elephant names | Fetion Says: June 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm [...] 108 Names of Lord Ganesha (with meanings)2008年5月20日 投稿者: lovehunk04 31 Gajananeti - Elephant-Faced Lord. 32 Gajavakra - Trunk of The Elephant. 33 Gajavaktra - One who has Mouth like. An Elephant. 34 Ganadhakshya - Lord of All Ganas (Gods). 35 Ganadhyakshina - Leader of All The. Celestial Bodies …youthindia Weblog -|||What do you think?21時間前 投稿者: tzfujimino It was called %26quot;Jumbo%26quot; because it was the word for an elephant in an African language. Jumbo became so popular that soon people called any big elephant by the name. In time, people used the word for other big things though it only meant … ESL Forum - ESL Forum からの検索結果 ]|||Searching for an Elephant name2008年5月14日 投稿者: Peter Čuhalev As you probably know I am making a Papier-mâché Elephant as a part of my Major Project. The elephant itself is done now, but it needs a name. So I am asking you to help me find a name for him. He is white, bright and remembers … -|||Stampeding Elephant Embroidery on a Woven Shirt in White2008年5月29日 Name: Stampeding Elephant Embroidery on a Woven Shirt in White. Garment Description: Mens 100% Cotton Sanded Gabardine Long-Sleeve Shirt. Retail Price : $61.20. Please call for quantity discounts - 1-800-807-9978. Brand Name: Bill Blass …Tanglewood Collection -|||This is What I%26#39;m Talkin%26#39; About! Rationing and Taxation2008年5月30日 投稿者: whit For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class — social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies — arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the …The Elephant Bar -|||Goa Gajah, The Elephant Cave2008年5月29日 投稿者: - blogger - The grew up in a hill tribe and when she was 5, her grandfather was paid for some work in Elephant. Yes that was one live, fully grown Elephant. He gave his granddaughter …GIRL TAKES ON WORLD!!!!! - Tags: 2164th, African Language, Bill Blass, Celestial Bodies, Elephant, Elephant Bar, Elephant Cave, Esl, Gabardine, Garment Description, Goa, Intellectuals, Long Sleeve Shirt, Names Of Lord Ganesha, Political Allies, Quantity Discounts, Social Planners, Usingenglish, Whit, Woven Shirt [...] elephant names | Wonderful Article Says: June 2, 2008 at 2:58 am [...] Some of the bios crack me up, talking about the …beyond the pale -|||108 Names of Lord Ganesha (with meanings)31 Gajananeti - Elephant-Faced Lord. 32 Gajavakra - Trunk of The Elephant. 33 Gajavaktra - One who [...] Comment: Name | How Did Ganesha Get an Elephant's Head? | How the Mouse Became Ganesha's Vehicle | How to do Ganesha Puja at Home | Moon Cursed by Ganesha | Origin of Ganesha | Symbolism of Ganesha's Body | The Remover of Obstacles

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purushottam ( says: "What a comprehensive view of the gods of india..really enjoyed it. I thank u for the clarity this article has given me in my seeking.
"I used to be a die hard atheist since childhood-praying to Shiva, vishnu, krishna, ganesha, saraswati, hanuman etc. I beleived in ONE omnipotent,omniscient, omnipresent God.
"But my recent experience with a spiritual master and organization took me towards Advaita philosophy-which makes possible the existence of many gods and the god inherent in every one of us. With the possibility of man becoming GOD one day, it has obviated my belief in 'one GOD for all'.
"So my allegiance shifted from Dvaita(dualistic) to the Advaita(non dualistic) shcheme of things, where there is no radical difference between man and god as man is god's low frequency existence,capable of reaching godhood by various means(bhakti,gyan,karma,meditation,etc).
"All this was fine till i realized that this advaita concept of GOD is effectively atheism in the eyes of a monotheist.
"Nevermind, 'reailty is relative'-I said to myself and continued my journey inwards.("One should have the courage of following truth to wherever it takes").
" "WIth my beleif in God shaken, I decided to test my second most prized belief-the concept of Atman through the Advaitic Lens...."


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