Royal Family Picture

Shiva (śiva), Parvati (pārvatī), and Ganesha (gaṇeśa), my three favorite Hindu gods.

Quick background: Shiva is like the supreme god of everything, and he split off all of his female qualities into a Shakti who was then reincarnated as Parvati. Shiva married Parvati.

On his head is the Ganga river, who is another goddess that he caught on his head when she fell from the heavens. He impregnated her by accident and had a son by her, and Parvati was jealous so she made her own baby out of dirty bathwater and told him to guard the bathroom door.

Ganesha was protecting the door when Shiva came up and asked him to move. Ganesha refused and killed Shiva's entire posse with his baby club. Shiva and his two friends worked together to cut off Ganesha's head.

Parvati was so fucking angry that she focused all of her energy on destroying the world, so to appease her, Shiva ordered his friends to go out and get the first head they found so that he could reattach it to Ganesha's body.

It happened to be an elephant head.

Here's a more traditional portrait of the family.
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