Who is the boy who has an elephant head? His name is Ganesha and he lived in India long, long ago. Also know as Ganesh, Ganpati, could be said that he still lives, because he is considered by the Hindus as one of the immortals. Hers is a fantastic story, full of twists and turns.

Ganesha – the elephant-god mounted on a mouse – has become one of the most common icons for everything related to Hinduism. This not only indicates the importance of Ganesha, but also shows how popular and omnipresent it is in the minds of the masses.

The Lord of Success

The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephant face with a curved trunk and big ears and a huge potbellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the first five Hindu gods (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the Panchayatana puja.

The child was born to Parvati, also known as the Divine Mother, the wife of Shiva. She considered him [Ganesha] the most beautiful baby (because at that time he had a normal head). Despite the elephant head, he grew up to be the darling of her heart and a very intelligent boy. In fact, even today he is considered as Wisdom among other things. (And you know that elephants are smart!)

How did he get the elephant head?

There are two versions of this story, the first one is in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana:

It is said that when the gods came to honor Parvati and admire their son, one of them (whom we in the West know as Saturn) refused to look at the boy. His mother was very upset about this. The other gods scolded him for it, but you see, he knew that a single glance from his powerful eyes could burn the child’s head and leave it to ash. However Parvati insisted that he give the baby the look of admiration. Finally, yielding to what we could today call “the pressure of the group,” I cast Saturn’s gaze over the boy, and indeed, his head was immediately reduced to ashes.

Of course, her mother started crying and crying, but God Vishnu, who is the conservator of the universe, came quickly and found a recently dead elephant c