Ganesha & Mooshika: How did Mouse became the vehicle of Lord Ganesha? What is the story behind the mouse becoming the vehicle of Lord Ganesha?
In the royal meeting of God Indra there was a Gandharva named Krouncha. He was a good singer. One day he laughed at one sage. With anger the sage cursed Krouncha that your next birth would be in the family of mouse. At that very moment Krounch fell near the hermitage of sage Parashara, where one of the incarnation of Lord Ganesha was living and is called as Gajanana.
Like other mice, this mouse too started troubling the people from the hermitage. Making holes in the hermitage, started eating food. Sage Parashara called his son Gajanana, to get rid from the trouble. Gajanana caught Krouncha, who is in the appearance of mouse. He begged for the mercy and asked to give a boon. Krouncha said, ‘I don’t want anything for myself. Instead I shall take you a ride. I shall take you where ever you desire!’
At that very moment, Lord Ganesha sat on its back. Lord Ganesha reduced his weight which is bearable to the mouse, without reducing the size. From then onwards mouse became the vehicle or Vahana of Lord Ganesha.