Ganesh Chaturthi Story

Ganesh Chaturthi Story


Ganesh Chaturthi story forms an important part of the Hindu mythology and are narrated by the older generation to the younger generations. The most popular story of Ganesh Chaturthi from Shiv Purana says how Goddess Parvati created Ganesha from sandalwood dough and brought it to life. She had asked Ganesha to guard the the entrance while she went for a bath. After Shiva returned and tried to pass the entrance He was stopped by loyal Ganesha and got punished by getting His head severed by Shiva in an angry feat. Later on to pacify Parvati an elephant head was fixed on Ganesha’s body. Vinayaka Chaturthi story or Vinayaka Chaturthi katha about the curse on the moon says that when Ganesha had lost His balance and fell down after eating too many laddoos, the moon had laughed at him and got cursed in return; thus started the belief of not viewing the moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. History of Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the period of Satavahanas, Chalukyas, and Rashtrakutas and it is said to be made popular in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji.