Ganesh Chaturthi, a popular Indian festival, is celebrated every year in the month of Bhadrapada with fervour across India. This year the 10-day festival will start on September 10 and conclude on September 21. As such, people are gearing up to welcome ‘Ganpati Bappa’ in their own unique ways. It marks Lord Ganesh's arrival from Kailash Parvat with mother Goddess Parvati. Yet, Ganesha’s relationship with Shiva is controversial. Shiva cuts off Ganesha’s head as a little boy and then replaces it with the head of an elephant. This strange story has been the subject of much misinterpretation and distortion. Lord Shiva represents unbounded consciousness beyond the limits of the dualistic mind. Shiva turns the individual soul into Ganesha by taking it beyond the individual mind to the universal consciousness embracing the whole of existence.