(Last Updated on : 31/12/2012)
Lord Ganesha is praised and worshipped by all the gods and devas. The Puranic texts mention that the elephant headed deity should be adored first before the adoration any other deity. Ganesha was immensely worshipped by the gods in the form of Mayureshwara
. In this incarnation, He was depicted with six arms and white complexion. The Lord eliminated the demon Sindhu or Sindura who terrified all the gods, sages and humans. This legend is mentioned in the Ganesha Purana
, one of the Upapuranas
dedicated to the Lord. After Ganesha killed the demon and rescued the gods and sages, all the deities in heaven worshipped the Mayureshwara form of Lord Ganesha
showered flowers from the sky.
Once the gods began to perform a yajna at the northern bank of Gautami River but they encountered various obstacles. The gods failed to complete the yajna. They became worried and enquired Lord Vishnu
and Lord Brahma
about the reason. Brahma eventually discovered the reason and informed all the gods that Lord Ganesha himself was creating all the obstacles. Thus as result of this the yajna could not be completed. Then Lord Brahma suggested all the Brahmanas (Brahmin
s) to bathe in the Gautami River and then worship Lord Ganesha. Then the elephant-headed deity came before the Brahmanas and granted them their desired boon.
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