Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-7. Part -9.
Chapter 7: Lord Ganesa – The Remover of Obstacles -9.
But ironically enough, He would not put the same head back.
We do not know the reason why He did this.
He said, "Bring the head of someone who is sleeping with his head towards the north."
This is why it is said that we should not sleep with our heads towards the north.
Otherwise, Siva will search for us! And they found nobody except an elephant lying with its head towards the north.
Its head was severed and brought.
The elephant's head was attached to the trunk of this boy and life was given by the great Siva.
He became alive and was named as Ganapati, which designation was bestowed upon him by Lord Siva Himself, maybe to pacify Parvati or to bring about a peaceful atmosphere around.
Lord Siva not only gave him life, but also made him the leader of His hosts.
Ganapati is, therefore, the leader of the hosts of Lord Siva Himself.
There is a large audience before Lord Siva, consisting of varieties of Ganas.
Ganas are demigods; they are neither human nor superhuman, but are a peculiar type.
To be continued ...