Vinayaka Chaturthi Story: The Story Why Ganesh Chaturthi Got Elephant Head- Vinakaya Charturthi or Ganesh Charturthi is familar to Hindus as the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati. But have you heard about his story? Why does he have the head of an elephant? There are two sides of the Vinayaka Chaturthi Story. One is from Shiva Purana and the other is from Brahma Vaivarta Purana.
According to a story as depicted in Shiva Purana, Hindu Goddess Parvati created a boy out of her body dirt while taking a bath to guard the entrance to her bathroom. Shiva, her husband, upon his returned got denied by this boy to enter the bathroom. To his rage, he immediately struck off his head. Parvati, upon knowing what happened to her son, broke down in grief. To appease her, Shiva sent out his minions to get the head of any sleeping being who was facing the north. The troops found a sleeping elephant along their way and returned its head to Shiva. Shiva then attached the elephant head to the body of the boy and brought him back to life. He then made him the leader of his troops.
However, the other side of the story is from Brahma Vaivarta Purana. In this version of the Vinayaka Chaturthi story, Shiva asked her wife Parvati to observe the punyaka vrata for a year to appease Vishnu in order to have a son. When a son was born to her, all the gods and goddesses assembled to celebrate on its birth. One particular God, Lord Shani, the son of Surya known as the Sun-God refused to look at the baby boy telling both their parents that he would cause harm on the baby just by looking at him. However, upon Parvati’s insistence, Shani looked at the baby and immediately his head was severed. Vishnu hurriedly went to the bank of river Pushpabhadra and returned back with a head of an elephant that was then attached to the body of the baby and brought him back to life.