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Hindi TV Serial – Devon Ke Dev Mahadev – The birth of Vinayak and how he got an elephant head

This week saw the story of Ganesh Ji, the god with the head of an elephant, who is also known by the name of Vinayak. Ganesh Ji is known as the god who is invoked when something new is about to be started, and is said to have a mouse as his mount. Out of the sons of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi (Karthikeyan and Ganesh), Ganesh Ji is the one who is more well known and prayed towards in North India while Karthikeyan (in the name of Murugan) is more known in the southern part of India and has more temples dedicated to him.
The sons of Lord Shiva came into this world with a purpose, with Karthikeyan coming into the world to defeat a demon who had created huge turmoil in the world and had also conquered heaven, driving Lord Indra out of his kingdom. Kathikeyan was born, and became a warrior who defeated the demon (although in the meantime, there was also the presence of Goddess Durga and Kali also shown, when Parvathi turned into these ferocious goddesses in order to defeat evil).
And then there came a time when Lord Shiva left Kailash for some time and this was a period of time when the world was slowly coming apart, a general sense of depression and anarchy was prevailing in the world. And so it was prophesied that it was a new child of Shiva and Parvathi that would make things better in this world, but Goddess Parvathi was not sure about. And then one day Parvathi created a model in the form of a boy and when she is resting, her powers lead to the actual creation of a young boy who is very powerful. He is named Vinayak.
However, Vinayak is arrogant and also very dedicated to his mother, and so when his mother is doing a prayer, she tells Vinayak to not let anybody inside. When Lord Shiva arrives there, Vinayak does not let him come inside, and a fight breaks out where Vinayak defeats Indra, Nandi and others. Lord Shiva arrives there and warns Vinayak that he is being very arrogant, but Vinayak challenges him to a fight and then actually starts an attack. Finally Mahadev uses his trishul and beheaded Vinayak at the exact same instance that Parvathi arrives from inside, but she is unable to prevent this from happening.
She gets very angry and asks Shiva to restore Vinayak in exactly the same form (she first tried to restore him herself and then remembered that if Mahadev killed somebody, no one else could revive him). He refuses, and he also knows that he had been cursed by the sage Kashyap earlier when Mahadev had killed the sun god that Mahadev would also kill his son sometime. Parvathi takes on a massive form and threatens that she will kill the entire earth unless her son is restored, and Mahadev asks Nandi and Indra to get a replacement head, but from somebody or some animal that will volunteer for the same. Finally a head is taken from an elephant (one that had received a boon for the same earlier) and Parvathi calms down, and is very apologetic for what she had done.

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