Lord Ganesha is always seen with a snake wrapped around his big fat belly.According to the Ganesha Purana,the serpent Vasuki is wrapped around his neck. Other depictions of snakes include use as a sacred thread.It looks that serpent is a common feature in Ganesha murthi.

What is story/connection between Lord Ganesha and snake?

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Varaha Purana gives answer for Yajnopavetha of snakes. As per Varaha Purana, Lord Shiva cursed him to get Yajnopavetha of snake. As mentioned in this answer, Lord Ganesha manifests differently in different Kalpas.

Once Devas asks Lord Shiva to create a being to destroy obstacles. Lord Shiva sees Uma and creates a being. After creation of beautiful being, Shiva as part of His leela, curses that boy to get Elephant's head, protruding belly and Yajnopavetha of Snakes.

This is how Chapter 23 Part1 of Varaha Kalpa describes birth story of Vinayaka:

The gods said:

  1. "O great god with three eyes and trident in hand, it behoves you to create (a being) for obstructing the actions of the bad".

  2. Thus requested by Devas, Rudra with great pleasure looked at Uma for a moment.

  3. When he was looking at Uma in the presence of gods, he was worried why no form of his was seen in the sky.

  4. "There is the body in earth, there is one in water; so also in fire and air.

11-15. How is it not there in sky ?" So thinking he laughed. By the power of knowledge, by what was seen by Rudra in the sky, by what was said by Brahma formerly as the body of all beings, by the laughter of Rudra, by all these four in the four elements Earth and the rest, there arose a boy effulgent with glowing face, looking like Rudra himself and stupefying Devas with the charm of his dazzling brilliance.

  1. Seeing the person of this great boy, Uma remained with eyes stuck on him.

  2. Looking at the beautiful form of the boy and thinking of the fickleness of women's minds Rudra got angry and cursed him.

  3. "O boy, you will attain an elephant's face, protruding belly and yajnopavlta of serpents".

  • @ The Destroyer the story is new and revelation about Lord Ganesha. Maybe you can improvise better.
    – Ganesh
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 14:44
  • @Ganesh In what sense? Should i add more details?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 15:20
  • I just want to know if there are any other stories or interpretation. I'm just inquisitive.
    – Ganesh
    Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 15:11
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    @The Destroyer " no form of his was seen in the sky. "There is the body in earth, there is one in water; so also in fire and air. " Who are these forms of Shiva?
    – user4627
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 7:38
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    @K Vickneshvara Vedas speak of Eight Forms of Shiva which are known as AshtaMurty.. It is described in Brahmanas of RigVeda and YajurVeda.. RigVeda samhita too describes Lord Rudra as 'Pururupa' (who has multiforms) and 'Vishwarupam' (who has whole universe as his form).. The eight forms of Shiva are "Form of Fire, Form of Water, Form of Air, Form of Indra, Form of Plants (earth), Form of rain cloud, Form of Moon, Form of Sun." Also see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/10524/…
    – Tezz
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 8:04

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