This particular legend states that once Lord Ganesha, during his childhood, was playing with a cat and was tormenting it pulling the cat's tail. Moreover, Bala Ganesha forcefully rolled the cat on the ground and refused to let it go until he was done playing with it. After some time the lord released the cat from its agony and it went away peacefully. The noble child did not even realize that he had committed a sin by hurting the animal.
Later when Lord Ganesha went back to his home at Mount Kailash, he met with his mother Goddess Parvati (Uma). But the goddess was severely injured and had wounds all over her body. She was suffering badly and was covered with dust. Ganesha became astounded and asked her how she got injured. Goddess Parvati replied that Ganesha was responsible for her wounds and suffering. Parvati had taken the form of the divine cat, which was tortured and tormented by child Ganesha.
The message of this legend is that all living beings should be respected equally and hurting an innocent creature, animal or human, is equivalent to hurting God.
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