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 Hindu Dharma accepts the existence of several Gods or Deities. These deities should be considered as different aspects of one and the only Supreme God, manifesting themselves for specific purposes.

  LORD GANESHA : is also known as Vighnaharta ( remover of obstacles). He is said to have been created by Parwati, consort of Lord Shiva, from the scrub of her body while taking bath. She placed him for the guard and ordered him that nobody should enter the place while she was taking bath in the pool. When Lord Shiva tried to ente , Ganesha stopped them from entering the pool, Angered by Ganesha's refusal, Lord Shiva chopped his head.  When Parvati came out after taking bath, she was shocked to see her dead son. 

To console her Lord Shiva sent his ganas to find the head of baby whose mother was sleeping showing her back to her child. The ganas found a baby elephant whose mother was sleeping with her back facing the baby elephant. As per orders of  Lord Shiva, The ganas cut off the head of the baby elephant and Lord Shiva placed it on the body of Ganesha. Then Parvati raised dout that who will worship a child with head of an elephant. Lord Shiva then blessed Ganesha that henceforth no new activity would begin without evoking him. From that day onwards, Hindus worship Ganesha before begining any activity so the work may be completed without hurdle. The vehicle of Ganesha is rat. The to consorts of Ganesha are Riddhi and Siddhi. Their sons are Laabh and Shubh and daughter is Santoshi .She is invoked to assist in gaining personal advancement and prosperity by keeping fast on Friday.

LORD KARTIKEYA :  He is the other son of Lord Shiva and Parwati. He is usually shown to possess six faces as he was brought up by six ladies, one of whom was Princess Kritika (from whom his name Kartikeya has been derived ). He had to assume six faces for the sake of love and affection showered upon him by his six foster mothers, each of whom liked to feed him with her own hand.

Lord Kartikeya birth was long awaited by all the Gods because only he could kill the Demon Tarkasur, who because of two boons from Lord Brahma,had thrown the Gods out of heaven. The two boons granted by Lord Brahma  are(one was granting him immense strength which nobody can surpass and the second was that he will only be killed by Shiva's son ). Tarkasur at that time knew that Shiva's wife Sati had died and Shiva had no son at that time. When Kartikeya grew up , the Gods made him the Chief of their forces and attacked Tarkasur. In this battle, Kartikeya slain Tarkasur and thus the God's aim was achieved. 

The vehicle of Kartikeya is a peacock called PARAVANI . In the North he is considered as the bachelor but in the South , where he is worshipped Lord Subramanjam, he has two consorts - Devasensa and Valli. The peacock signifies the power of celibacy & Lord Kartikeya is the personification of chastity. The peacock with its beautiful llumage, reoresebts creatable glory. Hence Kartikeya, who rides it is the supreme lord , the master of creations.

 Hanumana, the monkey God, is very popular deity and is worshipped all over India. He is normally shown with a monkey-face on a very well built and strong human body. Hanumana is a very important character in the great epic Ramayana in which he is depicted as the epitome of devoted service and loyalty to his master (Rama).Hanumana is considered to be incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Vaayu (Wind God) and Anjana, who was an apsara (by name Punjikasthalie) and by curse of sage Durvaasaa had become a monkey

 Anjana became daughter of Monkey-king Kunjara and was married to Monkey-king Kesari of Mountain Sumeru . Therefore, Hanumana is also referred to as Keasri-nandana.

The story of birth of Hanumana is as follows:
King Dasharatha performed a yajna ceremony for award of sons. After the ceremony, he distributed the offering among his three queens. The youngest, Rani Kaikeyi, was offered the fruit last, which she resented. Meanwhile a kite came and flew away with the share of Kaikeyi to the mountain where Anjana was taking a stroll and longing for a son. Vaayu (Wind God) came  forward and handed over the fallen fruit into Anjana's hand. Shiva appeared on the site and guided Anjana to consume the fruit and by doing so she conceived Hanumana.  Because he was conceived from a part of the ceremonial cake from which Rama was also born, Rama considered Hanumana as his brother.
That was a day of eclipse (Grahana), when as per Hindu belief,  tries to engulf the Sun. At the same time Baby Hanumana felt hungry and seeing the glowing Sun, he flew towards  the Sun to catch and engulf it. Raahu saw this and went to Indra and complaint that that was already another person who was performing his duty. Indra assured him that no one was deputed by the devas for this job and he should go and once again try to perform his duty. To assure him his support, Indra accompanied Raahu and to their amaze they saw Hanumana chasing  and trying to engulf the Sun. At this scene, Indra became angry and hit Hanumana with his thunderbolt on his chin (Hanu, a sanskrit word means chin). Thus injured, Hanumana fell down on earth. Seeing this, his father Vaayu became angry and stopped flowing. Air sustains life - one can live without food and water for days but cannot live without air even for a short while. In all the three worlds, there was no air to breathe and living beings started suffocating. To solve the crisis, all the gods came to Vaayu and asked pardon for Indra's action and requested him to start blowing once again.

In order to pacify him further, most of gods conferred boons upon little Hanumana. Indra said that because his chin (Hanu) was broken by his vajra, therefore he will be known by the name of Hanumana and want be killed by his vajra. Brahma conferred him the boon that he will be immortal and will be able to change his appearance at his will. Surya-deva said he will give a part of his energy & luster and also will teach him vedas as and when he desired. Varuna said that even after a long life, he will be unaffected by the fastening effect of water. Yama said that he will not have to fear his noose. Kuvera gave him his mace (gada) and blessed him victory in all his fights.

Vishwakarma blessed him that he will never be hurt by the weapons made by him. Blessed thus by the gods, Hanumana grew up as a mischievous child. He was a constant source of nuisance and irritation to the sages who lived in the nearby forest. Troubled by his mischief's, the sages pronounced a curse on him that he will forget all the strength and qualities he possessed and only when he will be reminded by others, he will realize his strength and qualities.

When Shri Rama accompanied by his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana were in the forest, in order to enable his father King Dasharatha to fulfill a boon given to his youngest queen Kaikeyi, when she had earlier saved his life, Sita was abducted by Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka. In this time of need, Hanumana met Shri Rama & Lakshmana and took them to Sugreeva, the exiled king of Kishkindha.With the help of Shri Rama, Sugreeva killed his elder brother Baali and regained the throne of Kishkindha. In lieu of this, Sugreeva promised Shri Rama of every help in finding Sita. 

 To help Shri Rama in finding Sita, Sugreeva raised an army of bears and monkeys. When it was learnt from Jataayu, that Ravana had abducted Sita, whose kingdom was across the ocean, the question was raised as to who can cross the ocean and come back with the news and whereabouts of Sita. Then Jambavan, the king of the bears reminded Hanumana of his various powers, which he had forgotten because of curse of the sages. Then Hanumana flew across the ocean, met Sita in Lanka, gave Rama's ring to her and assured that Rama will come with his troops and after defeating Ravana will take her back. Then Hanumana flew back to rejoin Rama and informed him the state of Sita in Lanka.

As desired by Rama, a bridge was built across the ocean and a fierce battle was fought between Rama and Ravana. During the battle, Lakshmana, younger brother of Rama, became unconscious. Once again Hanumana flew to the Dronaachal Mountain to bring a specific herb (Sanjeewani Jadibuti) necessary for curing Lakshmana. On reaching the mountain, when Hanumana was unable to find the specific herb, he lifted the whole of the  mountain and flew back to Rama. On the way, he was shot down by Bharata, another brother of Rama. But when Bharata realized his mistake, he sent him back to Rama, where Hanumana delivered the herb to Vaidhya Sushain, who treated Lakshmana successfully.

After the war was over and Rama went back to Ayodhya and was enthroned. Everybody who had helped him during his stay in the forest were suitably rewarded but Hanumana was purposely forgotten by Rama. Sita then took out her necklace studded with precious stones and gave it to Hanumana, who accepted the gift with great gratitude. But after sometime the courtiers saw that Hanumana was breaking open the priceless stones one by one and looking within them for something, and when unable to find, throwing away the broken pieces. The courtiers were horrified at his behavior and asked him the cause of this ridiculous act. Hanumana told them that a thing which does not contain Rama was useless for him (though it may be priceless in this materialistic world.). Irritated by his answer, the courtiers asked him whether Rama resided in his heart?  When they received the answer in affirmative, they asked Hanumana to prove it. Hanumana immediately split open his chest wall with the nails of his hands and there the courtiers saw Rama accompanied by Sita and other brothers sitting in his heart. The courtiers were amazed at this site.

Rama stood from the throne & walked towards Hanumana to embrace him for his impartial love for him. On the healing touch of Rama, the chest of Hanumana returned in original state and all the courtiers applauded Hanumana's bhakti for Rama. After this incident, Rama wanted to give Hanumana a boon for his priceless services. Hanumana asked that he should live as long as the deeds of Lord Rama were on the lips of the people. These deeds were, are and will be ever described by men and so Hanumana lives for all time.

 

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