Why One Should Not See The Moon On The Day Of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is the day when lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods (except Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati). Ganesha symbolizes, god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Traditionally at the beginning of any new venture/good work/ the start of travel, lord Ganesha is worshipped (praying for successful completion of work).
How Lord Ganesha Got Elephant Head?
It is said that Goddess Parvati wanted someone to stand guard at the door, when she was taking bath. She did not find any and from sandalwood paste, which she had applied on herself, created the idol of a child out of it and breathed life into it. Then she told him not to let anyone in and went to bath.
When her husband, Lord Shiva came home, the child refused to let him in, as he failed to recognise him. With this lord Shiva was furious, and severed the head of the child.
When Parvati came to know that the child was dead, she couldn’t resist and asked Shiva to revive him immediately. Shiva ordered his servants to get the head of any creature that was sleeping with its head facing north. And they returned with elephant’s head. Shiva attached elephant’s head to the boy’s body, and child lived again.
The boy was made leader of his armies and hence the name Ganesha, meaning ‘god of the army’.
Why One Should Not See The Moon On The Day Of Ganesh Chaturthi?
There are many stories on this. Few of them are listed below:
1) It is said that Lord Ganesha was invited to a feast and he, being fond of sweets, had lots of food. When he was returning back home his stomach, due to overload, burst open. Since it was night no one saw and immedietly he tied snake around his stomach. But unfortunately Moon saw it and burst out with laughter. Seeing this Ganesha was furious and couldn’t control his anger. He cursed the moon to be invisible from that day. Later Moon begged for forgiveness. Ganesha, thought he was little rude , but couldn’t take back the curse. He later lightened the intensity of his curse by saying that the moon would go invisible on only one day of the month, and that’s on amavasya.
2) On Ganesha’s birthday, he was going around house to house accepting the offerings of sweets. He had a lot of them and later left the place with his vahan mouse. As the mouse saw the snake on its way it suddenly stumbled because of which Ganesha fell down and his stomach burst open and the food which he had, came out. But he stuffed them back into his stomach and tied the snake around his belly. Moon saw this and couldn’t control its laugh. Furious with such mindless behavior, Ganesha pulled out his tusks, hurled it against moon and cursed it, saying no one would look at the moon on that day, if any does they would get a bad name.
3) One more story is that, on his birthday, mother Parvati had prepared 21 varieties of food for her beloved son. He ate so much that even his stomach could not hold it. Mounting on his little mouse, he went for his nightly rounds. On the way, the mouse saw snake and stumbled. In order to adjust his belly, he tied the snake around his stomach. Seeing this the moon started laughing, which did not go well with Ganesha and he cursed.
If any does this mistake of looking at the moon on that day he would have to listen to the story of lord Krishna and Syamantaka Jewel, to get free from the curse.