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Ganesh Chaturthi Legends

Lord Ganesha is considered to be the God who bestows upon with all the happiness on to people!! It is believed that any auspicious day should start by worshipping Lord Ganesha which vanishes all the anguishes thereby bringing victory in whatever one aspires for. Be it the home or the work place, very little victory should be celebrated by Lord Ganesha.

He is believed to bring in incessant rain of health and wealth! This is the reason people in Hindu community start off any auspicious occasion by worshipping the idol of Lord Ganesha. To commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha, Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated every year. The festival is celebrated all over in India particularly in Maharashtra with blustering zeal and ecstasy. The day is celebrated in the lunar month and it lasts for a period of 10 days. Many Hindu scriptures have the mention of Ganesha Chaturthi legends.

Here we will be discussing some of the legends associated of Ganesha Chaturthi:

Ganesha Chaturthi Legend from Shiv Purana

The legend associated with Shiv Purama is among the most famous! It is said that Ganesha was created from the dough which Goddess Parvati had created to take bath. Parvati wanted somebody to guard here when she takes bath and so, she created a doll from her dough and filled it with life so as it can stand at the door to guard. Later the doll was called as Ganesha and that day is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. The whole story of birth of Lord Ganesha goes like this.

On one fine day when Goddess Parvati was taking bath, Shiva came to meet her. Since Ganesha did not know him, he refused to give him entry into the house. Upon this, Shiva got angry and he beheaded Lord Ganesha out of rage. This made Parvati sad and Shiva promised her to bring back life into his body. And, later when he went onto search for the head of a dead person, he could not find one. He could only find the head of a dying elephant and he therefore fitted it into the body of Ganesha to bring life into him. That gave rebirth to Lord Ganesha with the head of an elephant rather than a human.

Ganesha Chaturthi Legend associated with Skanda Purana

This is another legend associated with the birth of Lord Ganesha from the Skanda Purana. It is said that once when Lord Ganesha was invited to Chandralok for a feast. At that time, he ate a huge number of Ladoos and so he was not able to walk and balance himself. He was so full that, all his stomach busted and all the Ladoos came out. Upon this, moon started laughing at the sight that made Lord Ganesha angry and cursed Moon that it is going to be destroyed. After, this curse moon disappeared from the Universe and the whole world started to live in darkness. The universe gradually stared becoming wane for the lack of the moon light. All the Gods prayed to Lord Shiva to change Lord Ganesha mind and take his curse back. The Moon also showed his apologies to Ganesha for whatever he did.

Upon, all this Lord Ganesha agreed to take back his curse but he said that moon will be invisible on one day of every month and would be only partially seen on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi. He also said that those who will be watching the moon on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi will have to face a false accusation. And, that is the reason that people avoid looking at the moon on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi.

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