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Goddess Parvati has two sons Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesh. The birth of Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesh born to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is very interesting. Let us look at each of their birth individually.

Birth of Lord Kartikeya: After the death of his wife Sati, Lord Shiva went into a cave for meditation. This emboldened the demons and they started attacking the Gods in the Heavens. The attack was so vicious that the Gods were forced to leave their heavenly abode.

As per legend only the son of Lord Shiva would be able to kill and destroy the demons. The Gods led by their king Indra approached Goddess Shakti for help. Goddess Shakti promised that she would take the form of Parvati and bring Lord Shiva out of meditation from the cave.

Goddess Parvati was born as a daughter of the Himalayas and started visiting the cave as a young child. She started cleaning and sweeping the floor of the cave but Lord Shiva was not impressed. However she did not give up and started meditating in the forest. Lord Brahma was very impressed with her penance and granted her the wish that Lord Shiva will fell in love with her.

Due to the wish granted by Lord Brahma she was able to win the love of Lord Shiva. They got married and their union created an aura. This aura was in the form of a seed and this was cooled by the waters of Ganga. This seed was planted in the forest of Sara Vana and thus was born Lord Kartikeya. He was also known as Shanmukha (six faces), Subramaniam, Skanda, Guha and Shadannana.

As promised to the Gods, Lord Kartikeya went on to defeat the demons and restore order in the heavens.

Birth of Lord Ganesha: After coming to Mount Kailash, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva started living happily. Goddess Parvati wanted to have a son and made a request regarding the same to Lord Shiva. However Lord Shiva was not interested and gave her a piece of lion cloth so that she can create a son.

Goddess Parvati was very sad and wept holding the lion cloth in her hand. One of her tears fell on the lion cloth and she created Lord Ganesha from it. After creating him she instructed him to guard the entrance of her abode and not let anyone enter without her permission.

Meanwhile Lord Shiva came back to visit Goddess Parvati after battling the demons and was stopped at the entrance by Lord Ganesha. This infuriated Lord Shiva and in a fit of anger he cut the head of Lord Ganesha using his trishul.

When Goddess Parvati came to know of the beheading she was distraught. Lord Shiva wanted to placate Goddess Parvati and got the head of an elephant fixed on the body of Lord Ganesha.

Although Goddess Parvati was not very happy with this development but she accepted her son in this form. Lord Ganesha was also granted the wish that before any task people would invoke his blessings.

Both the sons of Goddess Parvati, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesh are revered and worshipped all over India. Lord Kartikeya is very famous in South India and is revered and worshipped there. However he does not have many temples in North India.

Lord Ganesh is invoked before the start of any new venture. His blessings are also sought for removing any obstacle. He is one of the most popular Gods and is identified as the supreme deity to be invoked before the beginning of any rituals and ceremonies.

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