5 Things You Should Definitely Know About Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner, and it is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Indian Community. We celebrate the birthday of our most adored and endeared God, Lord Ganesha. Before you start preparing for celebrations, read on to learn some fascinating and slightly eyebrow raising tales about Ganesh Chaturthi. 1. The Birth of Ganesha It’s believed Ganesh was created from the sandalwood that Goddess Parvati used for bathing, and he was to guard the entrance while she had her bath. When Lord Shiva arrived at the premises, Ganesha refused to let him enter. Shiva unknowing and enraged cut off Ganesha's head but immediately realised he had erred when he saw Parvati stricken with pain. Shiva ordered one of his Ganas to bring the head of the first animal that was resting. The Gana brought him an elephant's head, and Lord Shiva replaced Ganesha's head with an elephant's and brought him back to life, which took place on the 4th day of the Bhadrapada month. 2. Do not look at the Moon Myth has it that the Moon had once mockingly laughed at Ganesha riding his mouse. The offended Lord cursed the moon that it shall never shed any light on him. However, as the moon repented, Ganesha revised his curse that the moon will regularly undergo waxing and waning so that it remains humble. As an appendage, he added that unjust blame and criticism should befall anyone who looks at the moon on the 4th day of the Bhadrapada month. 3. The Significance of the Day On Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Shiva bestowed Ganesha as superior to all Gods except Parvati, Laxmi, Vishnu and himself, of course. On this day, it is believed that Ganesha descends to Earth to bless his devotees. 4. The Great Revival of the Festival Ganesh Chaturthi has been celebrated publicly since the era of Shivaji - The founder of the Maratha Empire during the 17th Century. However, once the fall of Peshwas, the festival became more of a private celebration. The festival was revived by social reformer and freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak as means to unite the people, and since then, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with magnificence and glory all across the nation. 5. Why Ganesha loves to eat Modak This is our (actually mine) favourite story. In the Padma Purana, the Devas (Demi Gods) visited Shiva and Parvati and offered them a Divine Modak. It was believed that the person who ate the Modak would become the most knowledgeable in all scriptures, art, science and literature. Goddess Parvati wanted to give it to her sons - Ganesha and Murugan, but the brothers were not willing to share it. So Parvati threw them a challenge that who amongst them proves a genuine definition of sincerity and devotion will get the Modak. Lord Murugan mounted on his Vahana (vehicle) and began visiting all the spiritual places. On the other hand, Lord Ganesha went around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and said that there is nothing in the world that equals the devotion to one's parents. Impressed by Lord Ganesha's explanation, this is believed to be the reason for Lord Ganesha's love for Modak. We hope you enjoyed and found our article interesting. Pre-order your Ganesh Chaturthi package before 22nd August 2017 and we will deliver it to your home on the 24th August 2017. But what is a Ganesh Chaturthi without his favourite Modak? We will show you the steps and ingredients to cook a divine Rava Modak. And with just one click, we will deliver all the ingredients to you. It is just that easy. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone!