(Meaning of Ganesha and Modak are given at the bottom of the page.)
Once upon a time, when all the people on earth were celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesha goes out to roam the earth with his vehicle mouse with Modak made by Parvati Mata’s hand. Sitting in his vehicle, he was eating delicious Modak.
It was night while wandering about the earth and they started going back towards their home when suddenly a huge and dark snake came in their way. Seeing this the mouse got scared and Ganesha fell down from the back of the mouse and all his Modak were scattered on the way.
Seeing Ganesha falling, the moon started laughing loudly and said, “Fat Ganesh fell down with his Modak.” Ganesha said to Moon “You can’t make fun of me like this.” Moon kept ignoring Ganesha’s words and kept on laughing at him. Lord Ganesha got angry and cursed him.
Ganesha said to the moon “Moon you are very proud of your beauty. So slowly your beauty will be snatched away from you. After some time, there was terrible darkness all over the world. Moon started praying to Ganesha to take back his curse. I made a big mistake.
After darkness fell on the earth, all the deities came to Ganesha and they also started asking Ganesha to forgive Moon and take back his curse. This earth needs a moon. The moon should shine in the sky. Ganesha agreed to all the deities.
Ganesha said to the deity “But he is going to remember this night for the rest of his life. He will not be as bright, shiny, and full as it was all year. his brightness will grow slowly and for just one night he will be in his old self. Then his brightness will begin to fade until he is just like tonight.
Chandrama is too proud of his beautiful light. Isn’t he? If anyone looks at him on GANESH CHATURTHI. He will be blamed and punished for a crime; he has not committed. From that day the moon slowly gets brighter becomes full for just night and then slowly fades away to darkness.
- GANESHA: Ganesha is the Indian god. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles and the offspring of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, and his mother goddess Parvati. Several myths detail his birth and acquisition of an elephant’s head.