Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-7. Part -8.
Chapter 7: Lord Ganesa – The Remover of Obstacles -8.
There is another story as to why He is worshipped first on all occasions.
It appears Parvati, the consort of Lord Siva, went for a bath, maybe in the Ganga.
She scrubbed her body, and out of the dirt of her body she made a small image of a boy, gave life to it by her touch, and ordained him not to allow entry to any person while she is bathing in the river.
Accordingly, that boy stood guarding.
At that moment, the great Lord Siva Himself came and the boy prevented His entry, because he could not recognise Lord Siva, whom he had not seen.
He had only the order of his Mother that nobody should enter.
He immediately objected to the entry of Lord Siva into the vicinity where Parvati was bathing.
We can imagine the feeling of Lord Siva. "What is this? The little chap is standing and preventing me from seeing my own consort!"
He immediately chopped off Ganapati's head, and he fell down dead.
When Parvati came up, she was aghast and said, "Oh Lord, You have killed my boy.
He is my own child, and I am deeply hurt.
What have you done! Oh, my Lord!"
She bet her breast and would not speak.
She started weeping.
The Lord Siva said, "Do not weep. I shall give life to him."
To be continued ...