Lord Ganesha: The ForgiverYogini Katira
What is Ganesh Chaturthi ?
Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm, grandeur, love and immense devotion. The origin of this festival was marked in Pune since the era of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It was the great freedom fighter, Lokmanya Tilak who revived it as a platform to spread the message of freedom struggle and unite people together. There are many stories of Lord Ganesha we have been narrated right from our childhood like why Lord Ganesha is elephant headed, how Lord Ganesha loved modakas, why Lord Ganesha is worshiped before any auspicious occasion and many more.
An Interesting Story of Lord Ganesha
There is a saying that on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi one should not look at the moon. Why is it so? Let’s go into an interesting story behind this. One day Lord Ganesh was travelling in his own delightful rythm on his vehicle Mushakraj. It was the fourth lunar day i.e. chaturthi. The Moon God saw him, who himself was very proud about his good looks. So with a bitter sarcasm he said to Lord Ganesh, “Oh! What a big belly you have, that elephant head and look at your little vehicle; I pity you.” On this Lord Ganesh got angry and realized that the moon’s vanity will not go without being punished. So Lord Ganesha cursed the arrogant moon and said, “Your face will not be worth showing to anybody and no one will praise you.” Due to that curse, if anyone looks at the moon this day will face false allegations even though innocent.
After this incident, Moon God was devastated to face such a humiliating punishment. His arrogance vanished in jiffy. All other Gods were worried and requested Lord Ganesha to forgive Moon. Finally Lord Ganesha was convinced but he said that one who looks at the Moon on the day when he was insulted will have to face false allegations. Even Lord Krishna was accused of stealing the ‘Syamantaka Gem’, because he happened to see the Moon on that particular day of chaturthi.
The message that we find behind this story is that it is beneficial to be humble than to be arrogant. As it said, “Don’t judge the book by its cover”; similarly it is not the physical appearances that should form the basis to judge anyone. Each one of us has God residing within us, so it is the heart which needs to be beautiful and not the appearances. Today as we all welcome Lord Ganesha, remember He resides within you.