5. The Gigantic form of Vinayaka
From Sri Ganesha Purana by Dr.Akila Sivaraman
Long long ago, there was a big deluge at the end of a Yuga.There was excessive heat all round and the whole universe was wiped out without a trace. Rain continued foe hundreds of years and total silence prevailed everywhere.
Lord Vinayaka, the supreme GOD appeared at this juncture as Vakratunda. The universe was recreated and the great powers- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- were also resurrected. Vakratunda’s gorgeous figure made the trimurtis bow at His feet. They had to resume their duties and reconstruct the whole world once again. Brahma will create all creatures with his Vedic knowledge. Vishnu, with his Yogic power will protect them all. Shiva will do the task of annihilation at the end.
Vakratunda sent all the trimurtis into his huge stomach, where they could have a full picture of all the mountains, oceans and earth. Celestial as well as other creatures were found there. The nine planets and eight guardians of all the directions were also present. The five great elements could also be identified.
Once the extent of the universe was visible for the trimurtis, Lord Vinayaka removed the scenes from their sight and brought them out.
Now, Vakratunda ordered Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to carry on their assignments and disappeared from their presence