There are number of interesting Ganesh Chaturthi story. These stories and legends on Ganesh chaturthi mainly discuss about the God of Prosperity and Success. Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the God who blesses his devotees with acumen and material wealth. Every endeavor, whether associated with the household or the workplace, commences with the recital of the mantra of Lord Ganesha to ensure its success. For this reason he is known as the God of prosperity and good fortune. The Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha in a grandiose and lavish fashion. It is celebrated throughout India, but is most renowned in the state Maharashtra.
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Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day holiday celebrated on the Hindu lunar month of Bhadra. As one of the most celebrated festivals of the Hindus, Ganesh Chaturthiis affiliated with many folk legends and stories. Among them is that of Skanda and Shiv Purana.
Legends about Ganesh Chaturthi
- Shiv Purana
This is probably the most popular Ganesh Chaturthi story. In this legend of Lord Ganesha, the account of the lord in the Shiv Purana tells the tale of how his head became that of an elephant. It’s said that Lord Ganapati was molded from the dough used by Goddess Parvati in her bath. It came to pass that the Goddess Parvati required a door keeper to keep unwanted visitors away as she bathe herself. To achieve her ends, she molded a doll from her bath dough and she breathed life into it and thus Lord Ganesha was born. This day is celebrated in the form of Ganesh Chaturthi.
In one occasion, as the Goddess took her bath, Lord Shiva came to visit her, Ganesha not knowing who he was; he prevented him from entering the house. Insulted, Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha. Later on, Lord Shiva leaned of the truth and in his remorse replaced Ganesha’s head with that of an elephant.
- Skanda Purana
Another popular story about Ganesh chaturthi is drawn from the Skanda Purana. This Ganesh Chaturthi legend has it that Lord Ganesha was invited to a grand feast in Chandralok. In the said feast, he fed himself plump with Ladoos. As he tried to stand up, the Ladoo-filled Lord lost his balance and crashed to the floor. His stomach then burst and all the Ladoos he ate spilled forth, unable to control himself the moon burst into laughter. Angered by his insolence, Ganesha cursed the moon and banished it from the universe.
With the absence of the moon, the world began to fade, and the gods soon begged Lord Shiva to implore Ganesha to change his mind. After the moon apologized for his inconsiderate behavior, Ganesha tweaked his curse and made it so that the moon would appear only once during a month. On the celebration of his birth, Ganesha Chaturthi festival, the moon should only be partially seen and if anyone were to lay eyes on the moon on this day that someone would face false accusation. This is the reason behind the superstition that staring at the moon during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival would draw bad luck.