Devi Rishi Narada who is well known for his mischievous acts, had once visited Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati at their holy abode Kailash, by keeping a delicious mango on his hand. Narada wants to give the fruit to the divine parents, and hence he gave the fruit to Lord Shiva and Parvati, and asked them to eat it. But since they showered great love and affection on their sons, they decided to give the mango to one of their sons.
As per the suggestion of Narada, the two children must have to travel the entire world for three times and whoever wins, are to be rewarded with the mango. Lord Muruga immediately started riding on his peacock vehicle in order to circumambulate the whole world. But Lord Ganesha circumambulated his parents for three times, since he considered that circumambulating Shiva and Parvati, is equivalent to circumambulating the entire world. After some time, Lord Muruga had arrived to Kailash with his peacock vehicle, and after knowing about the entire incident, he declared that his elder brother Lord Ganesha is the winner, and he happily agreed to consume the mango by his brother Lord Ganesha.
Puranic stories teaches us good lesson, and from this interesting story, all of us can understand, that we must give more respect to our parents, and must consider them equivalent to the divine deities.
In our holy Hindu texts, there are lot of stories associated with our Hindu gods and goddesses. Instead of examining whether it is true or not, let us study those excellent stories, in order to get a better understanding about our gods and goddesses, and also we can get more knowledge, wisdom, courage and boldness.
In the great epics Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavatham, lot of wonderful stories are included. In the Puranas, like Ganesha Purana, Muruga Purana and Vishnu Purana, the details about some staunch devotees are mentioned. By reading the details about those pious devotees, we could also get more and more bhakti on the almighty.