Birth Stories in Hindu Mythologies

The birth stories of Hindu mythologies are the symbols of deeper spiritual meanings. They create many healing effects on our mind.

Birth of lord Ganesha:

Ganapathi is the lord who removes obstacles. He is also known as Lambodhara (God with a big Paunch) is one of the most important Gods of the Hindu.

There are many stories regarding his birth. The most popular one is as follows.

One day when Lord Shiva was away, Goddess Parvathi wanted to take bath in the river. To guard against any unwelcome intrusion, she took a little turmeric paste from her body and created a young boy. She gave him clear instructions not to allow any body inside.

Unfortunately at this time Lord Shiva returned. The new boy refused him admission, though lord Shiva told him that he is the husband of Parvathi. Lord Shiva became very angry and cut off the head of this new boy and threw it away using his trident. At this ime, Goddess Parvathi came back and became very sad, that the boy created by her was killed.

Lord Shiva wanted to console Parvathi. So he sent his army to bring the first head that that they see on their way. The first head that they saw was the head of dying elephant. Shiva fixed that head on the boy’s trunk and brought him back to life. He also adopted him as his elder son and made him chief of his army.

Brahma Vaivarta Purana narrates a different version of Ganesha’s birth. On the insistence of Shiva, Parvati fasted for a year (punyaka vrata) to propitiate Vishnu so that he would grant her a son. Accordingly, Ganesha was born to Parvati as a charming infant.

Makardhwaja Son of Hanuman:

When Hanuman took a dip in the waters of sea, after burning whole of Lanka with the fire burning on his tail, a drop of his perspiration fell in to mouth of a mighty fish. Out of this the Makardhwaja was born.

According to another, slightly different version, when Hanuman took a dip in the sea, to cool himself after burning Lanka; a drop of his sweat got discharged, due to the extreme heat generated in his body and labor by him, and which then fell into the mouth of a giant fish-cum-reptile like creature, whose name was Makardhwaja, thus impregnating it. The fish was caught by people of Ahiravana, who ruled Patala, the nether-world. The Markardhwaja, was discovered, when the stomach of the fish was cut open and thus he was named after it. Ahiravana, seeing his strength & virility gave him job of guarding, the gates of his Kingdom.

Birth of Draupadi

King Drupada and Acharya Drona were classmates and later they become enemies. One day, Drupada asked two sages, to perform a yajna that could give Drupada a son who could kill Drona.

When the yajna was over, the sages offered the prasada to Drupada’s wife. At that moment, the queen had something in her mouth so she asked the sages to wait. They got angry and Yaja put the prasada in the yajna fire. Suddenly from the fire emerged a young warrior. In anger, Upayaja also put prasada in the fire. Suddenly, a beautiful woman came out of the fire. A voice was heard from the sky, “this woman has taken birth to become the cause of destruction of those who are evil.” The woman came to be known as Draupadi after her father Drupada and the warrior was called Dhristadhyumna.