This beautiful story illustrates the spiritual
insight that is so typical of Ganesha. Ganesha and Kartikay,
both sons of Shiva and Parvati, enter a contest to see
who can go around the universe the fastest and is thus
the most befitting to temporarily replace Shiva and Shakti.
While Kartikey rushes off on his peacock, Ganesha walks
around his parents at leasure, declaring the universe
to be nothing more or less than Shiva and Parvati. All
deities appload him and Ganesha wins.
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