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The Lord's Compassion



Lord Ganesha, one of our most prominent Gods who is worshipped first always, is known as the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom. There are numerous stories in our Puranas that highlight instances where Ganesha helped individuals or gods. Here are a few well-known stories:


The Story of Ganesha and Kubera's Pride

In this story, Lord Ganesha teaches a lesson in humility to Kubera, the god of wealth. Kubera threw a lavish feast and invited all the gods except Ganesha. Ganesha, feeling slighted, decided to visit Kubera's palace and ate all the food there. Kubera was humbled by Ganesha's presence and learned the importance of not being arrogant.


The Story of Ganesha and the Moon

Ganesha is known for his devotion to his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Once, when Ganesha was a child, he was consuming a lot of sweets and lost his patience. When the moon mocked his appearance, Ganesha became angry and broke one of his tusks and threw it at the moon, cursing it to disappear on certain days. Later, he revoked the curse partially, explaining that the moon would wax and wane cyclically.


The Story of Ganesha and Sage Vyasa

Sage Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata, sought Ganesha's help to transcribe the epic poem as he recited it. Ganesha agreed on the condition that Vyasa should narrate the poem without any pauses. Vyasa agreed, but he set his own condition that Ganesha should understand the verses before writing them down. This mutual agreement resulted in the creation of the epic Mahabharata.


The Story of Ganesha and Ravana

According to some versions of the Ramayana, Ganesha helped Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, by writing down the sacred hymn "Shiva Tandava Stotram" using his tusk. This hymn, praising Lord Shiva, is said to have pleased the deity and granted Ravana immense strength.


The Story of Ganesha and the River Ganges

Once, Ganesha was riding his mouse vehicle, Mooshika, when a celestial river, the Ganges, flowed from the heavens to the earth. The force of the river's descent was so powerful that it threatened to flood the earth. Ganesha, using his trunk, contained the river and allowed it to flow out gently, saving the earth from destruction.


These are just a few examples of the stories that showcase Lord Ganesha's benevolence and his willingness to help those in need. Ganesha's stories emphasize virtues like humility, devotion, and wisdom, making him a beloved figure in our Puranas and culture.



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