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The Story of Ganesha and His Kheer

Jun 06, 2024

Ganesha, also known as Ganapati, is one of the most beloved deities in Hindu mythology. He is easily recognized by his elephant head, large belly, and his kind, wise eyes. Ganesha is often called upon at the beginning of new ventures and is known as the remover of obstacles and the God of wisdom and learning.

One popular story about Ganesha involves his love for kheer, a traditional Indian rice pudding. The story goes like this:

Lord Ganesha decides to visit Earth in disguise to test the kindness and generosity of people. He transforms himself into a poor young boy and enters a village.

The Tale

One hot afternoon, the disguised Ganesha, looking tired and hungry, walked through the village, hoping someone would offer him food. He knocked on several doors, asking for something to eat, but everyone turned him away. The villagers were either too busy with their own lives or simply not willing to help a poor, unknown boy.

Feeling disheartened, Ganesha continued to wander until he came across a small, dilapidated hut at the edge of the village. He knocked on the door, and an old, poor lady answered. Despite her own poverty, she greeted the boy with a warm smile and invited him inside. Seeing his condition, she immediately set about preparing a meal with the little she had.

The old lady made a simple but delicious bowl of kheer (rice pudding) for the boy. Ganesha was touched by her kindness and selflessness. He ate the kheer with great relish and thanked the old lady for her generosity.

After finishing the meal, Ganesha revealed his true identity to the old lady. The lady was astonished and fell to her knees, bowing in reverence. Ganesha blessed her for her kindness and assured her that her selfless act would not go unrewarded. He promised that prosperity and happiness would always be in her home. From that day on, the old lady's hut transformed into a beautiful house, and she never faced poverty again.

Moral of the Story

This story teaches several valuable lessons:

  1. Generosity: The old lady's willingness to share what little she had highlights the virtue of generosity, even in times of personal hardship.
  2. Compassion: The story emphasizes the importance of showing compassion to those in need.
  3. Divine Rewards: Acts of kindness and selflessness are recognized and rewarded by the divine, as seen in Ganesha's blessing to the old lady.

This touching story is beautifully retold in the book "Lord Ganesha and His Kheer" by Cuddly Gurus. This Ganesha book captures the essence of Ganesha's adventure and the old lady's generosity through engaging text and vibrant illustrations. It offers a wonderful way for children to learn about the values of kindness, generosity, and compassion.

By sharing this story, the Ganesha story book introduces young readers to the rich cultural heritage and moral teachings of Hindu mythology, making it an excellent addition to any child's library.

 

 

By - Cuddly Gurus - Celebrating and honoring great Hindu Icons

We offer Indian cultural plush toys that recreate great Indian icons and will delight your little ones. Great Ganesha and Humble Hanuman capture the beauty and perfection of these superheroes and can sing five mantras with a gentle touch to their belly. All of our cultural soft toys are made with care and devotion and accompanied by Hindu storybooks carefully crafted to engage young minds through simple, yet colorful storytelling.