Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated on the 4th day of Bhadrapada is one of the popularly known festivals of Hindus celebrated all over the country. It is commemorated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha and to rejoice it people bring the clay idol of Lord Ganesha to their home and also huge pandals are made and decorated heavily with fresh flowers, colourful clothes and decorative lights. These pandals then become the temporary abode of Lord Ganesha for the ten days of festivities. After this, the worshipped idols are taken in a grand procession with great pomp and joy for the immersion in the river, sea or lake. Lord Ganesha holds great significance and honour in Hindu religion as he is the one who is worshipped before all the gods and goddesses and also before the starting of any good work. Like the other Indian festivals, the story behind their celebration and the myths related to them, Ganesha Chaturthi too has a myth related with it. Read to know more about the myth about Ganesh Chaturthi.
Myth About Ganesh Chaturthi
According to the Hindu religion, there is a myth which tells that anyone who sees the moon on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi will be accused of doing something wrong. If by mistake a person sees the moon then there is only one solution to keep the troubles away and that is, by reciting or listening to the story of the syamantaka jewel which is there in the Puranas. In the very famous legend related to Lord Ganesha, the basis of this myth has been mentioned and explained. Lord Ganesha, the God of good fortune, wisdom, intelligence and prosperity, on one of his birthdays, ate large amount of 21 types of sweets including laddus, modaks and sweet porridge made by his mother, Goddess Parvati. He, after eating, went for a nightly round on his vehicle rat but suddenly a snake came in front of the rat and was scared to see it. After this, the rat stumbled and Lord Ganesha fell down and all the sweets came out from his pot-belly as it burst. Then quickly Lord Ganesha put all the sweets inside his belly and tied that snake around his belly as a belt. At that time, he heard the voice of laughing and when he looked up, he saw that the moon was mocking at him. Seeing this, he became very angry and broke off one of his tusks and threw it at the moon. Also, he cursed the moon saying, that whoever will see the moon on the festive occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, will be blamed of a wrong doing. Even today the myth has survived and people avoid looking at the moon on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.