Originally posted by deboleena.manna
ok I don't know so much about Kartikya but I heard some storys of him..I always knew that Ganesha is the elder son n Kartikya is younger...n CV's showed that he known as Kumar bcz he is also Gangas son...but mujhe to pata tha k woh Kumar k name se isi liye jane jate hai bcz he never married...there is story...when Ganesh ji n Kartkya grow up...Mahadev n Mata Parvati ne decide kia k woh ab Ganesh ji ka Vivah ki tyari karenge...but when Kartikya heard this he said that he will mary first..but then his perents told him that Ganesh ji is elder..so according to rules he will marry first..but Kartikya jid karne lage..to Mahadev n Parvati ji ne decide ki k un dono main se jo bhi pehle pure earth ka 7 chakkar laga k unke pas wapas ayenge unki shadi pehle hogi...Kartikya ye sunke earth k 7 chakkar lagane k liye nikal pare...par Ganesh ji ne socha k woh kabhi bhi Kartikya se age nehi ja payenge to unhone Mahadev aur Mata Parvati ko ek sath bithaya ar unke 7 chakkar kate aur phir unse unki shadi karane ko bola..to Mahadev aur Mata Parvati ne pucha k usne to unke 7 chakkar kate par unhone to bishwa k chakkar katne ko bola tha to he replied k accroding to sastra mata pita hi santan k liye pura brahmand hai..unhone unke 7 chakkar katke pure brahmand k chakkar kat liye..ye sunke woh dono impressed hue..n Ganesh ji ki shadi kara di...jab Kartikya lota to dekha k Ganesh ji ki shadi ho geyi hai..he felt like cheeted...Mahadev aur Mata Parvati ne unhe samjha ne ki try ki but he don't listen n left Kailash...uske bad woh Gujrat k pas ek jagah rehne lage..woha unka ek mandir bhi hai...but I forgot the name...n also I heard the story that Ganesh ji ne apne chote bhai Kartikya ko yudh ki training di thi..but yaha to unka janam bhi nehi hua n Kartikya bara ho gaya..
There is also another story regarding this.
Once all the devas, rishis and humans prayed to lord Shiva to assign any god for "Vignas" as Adhipathy of Vigna's (leader of hurdles). Both the sons of lord Shiva wanted to have that role for them. Then lord Shiva told them both that whover of the two will take bathe in all the holy rivers of all three lokas and come first he wil be the adhipathy.
Immediately Karthikeya sped on his peacock but Ganesha asked Shiva if it was fair to have a race with Karthikeya as he is more agile and faster. Hence Ganesha asked Shiva a way out.
shiva said that if he will chant narayana mantram and circle his parents thre times that is equal to bathing in all the holy rivers. Ganesha did this.
Whenever Karthikeya used to recah a river he used to find his brother coming out of each of the 3 crore 50 lakh rivers and finally when he came to Kailash he saw ganesha already there.
Seeng this karthikeya apologized for demeaning his brother and asked the title be given to Ganesha. that day was the bhadrapada shuddha chathurthi day which is also the ganesh chathurthi day.
I read this story on Ganesh Chathurthi day as part of the Vinayaka Vratha Katha.
there was also another interesting story about why Ganesha has a elephants head. Which i shall post after Bappa's arrival.