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Ganesha is one of the five major Hindu deities He is the Elephant god one of the most recognized symbols of Hinduism He has the head of an elephant the body of a pot-bellied man and 4 human arms Ganesha is the Lord of Success and the destroyer of evil and obstacles In addition to that he is also worshipped as the God of education wisdom knowledge and wealth He is the son of Shiva and Parvati He is often the most revered of the Hindu Gods since he is one of the five major gods and his followers are called Ganapatyas What is the origin of Ganesha There are two stories of Ganeshas origin The first from the Shiva Purana is a more believed story It says that his mother Parvati wanted to bath without being interrupted and she therefore made Ganesha with a human head out of dirt She ordered him to stop anyone from bothering her As Ganesha was guarding her bathing area Shiva came along to see her and struck Ganeshas head off when he was denied access This sent Parvati in a spiral of grief so Shiva sent his troops to get a head off any sleeping creature that was facing north They brought back an elephant head and thus Ganesha was reborn with the head of an Elephant From the Brahma Vaivarta Purana comes a second less followed story which is that after Ganeshas birth all the gods and goddesses came to see the boy and Lord Shani the son of the Sun God refused to look for fear of killing the boy He was talked into looking at the boy and when he did the childs head was cut off Vishu ran to a nearby riverbank and brought back an elephants head and attached it to the boys body Ganesha is one of the five major Gods has a sort of sub-religion based on him
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