Once upon a day gods, hermits and human praised Siva and prayed him to give a leader of obstacles. Gajaanana (Ganesh) appealed father to give leader ship to him, since he is the elder son. Kumara swamy claimed it should be given to him on the plea that, his brother is not an able one, shorter and incapable.
Siva had put a competition to both his sons that “who ever take a bath in all sacred rivers and comes to him first, will get the leader ship. Kumara swamy rushed off immediately to complete the task. But Gajaanana became mum and dull, in a feeling that he is not fast enough to win the competition. He prayed his father to suggest any way out to win the competition.
Pleased by Vinayaka’s obedience and cleverness Siva taught him ‘Narayana mantra’. ‘Naara’ means water i.e; water will be under control of ‘Narayana’, in turn in the control of naraayana mantra.
Chanting the mantra, Vinayaka started doing ‘pradakshinas’ to his parents Siva and Parvathi. Owing to the effect of mantra, vinayaka appeared of completing bath at every sacred river,prior to the arrival of Kumara swamy (Karthikeya). Like wise it so happened in 3 crore 50 lakh rivers.
Surprised by the fact, he arrived at kailas, where in he found Vinayaka was standing beside Siva. Making pranaam to Vinayaka he apologized his father and said “Oh father! Not knowing the capacity of brother, I asked for the leadership.Please forgive me and entrust leadership to brother”.
Vinayaka Chavithi Vrathakalpam with detailed instructions..