Ganna Chakra - The Ganas: Hooligans of Heaven
The Ganas (categories) are the host of spooks, hobgoblins and spirits who accompany Shiva.
Some are said to dwell with him on Mount Kailasa, whilst the more fearsome and terrifying
Ganas are confined to the cremation grounds. It is told that Uma once asked Lord Shiva why he
liked to reside in cremation grounds, which were the abode of demons, jackals, corpses and
vultures, when he had so many more beautiful places. Mahesvara replied that he had roamed
the world, looking for a pure place to meditate in. Unable to find one, he, out of anger and
frustration, he created the terrible pishachas, flesh-eating ghouls and terrible rakshasas, intent on
killing people. Out of compassion however, he kept this terrible horde in the cremation ground.
As he did not want to live without the bhutas and ganas, he chose to live in a cemetery. When
the ghosts stayed with him, they caused no harm.