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We celebrate the festive Ganesh Chaturti with lots of enthusiasm. Let’s know more about Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is also meant to be a Vighnaharta because he eradicates sadness, depression, and obstacles from one’s life and brings happiness to them.
Lord Ganesha needs to be worshipped before any other god, goddess, or deity; which means he is Sarva Pratham Pujaniya. In case of any auspicious occasion, the first invitation is offered to the Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha’s followers hail him as Sukhkarta (who brings sunshine and happiness) and Vighnaharta (who removes hurdles from others’ lives). But, has anyone wondered; why Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada month?
Let’s Know How the Existence of Lord Ganesha Came into Being?
In holy books, Mata Parvati, the mother of Lord Ganesha and wife of Lord Shiva, always appreciated Lord Shiva’s bull – Nandi. Nandi was always devoted to Lord Shiva for his service. She knew Nandi would strictly follow Lord Shiva’s orders, and, no matter; how tough the situation may be, he would never back out. So Mata Parvati always looks for a guard, who should be devoted to her.
Mata Parvati made an idol of a little boy from her skin with the help of her powers; she infused life into that little boy, and later, the young boy emerged from the sculpture and addressed Mata Parvati as her mother.
Mata Parvati was elated to have a son, and she was sure that the little boy would be devoted to serving her. Mata Parvati went to take a bath, and her father had given instructions to his son that no one should enter the place without her consent. The little boy agreed and started following Mata Parvati’s orders and guarding the place.
After a little while, a little boy sensed that someone was around him, and it was none other than Lord Shiva. Just a couple of hours ago, so he was unknown to everyone except Mata Parvatilife. When Lord Shiva tried to enter the premises: the little boy stopped Lord Shiva as he was following the order of Mata Parvati. Lord Shiva was in suspense, who is this little boy, and why is he not allowing him to enter his adobe?
Lord Shiva made several attempts and tried to explain to the little boy; that he is Parvati’s husband, so he should be allowed to enter the house. However, the little boy denied his request and refused to hear him. Subsequently, a little boy and Lord Shiva entered into an argument, which flared into a massive fight. In a fit of rage, Lord Shiva beheaded the little boy with his Trishul (Trident). Lord Shiva took this step as he did not know that a little boy is his son.
However, Mata Parvati got furious when he saw his son dead and beheaded. After this incident, Mata Parvati got enraged by what had transpired. The news got spread and other gods and goddesses requested Lord Shiva to calm Mata Parvati, or else she will banish the whole universe. Mata Parvati ordered Lord Shiva to infuse life in the little child and want him in his original form back. Lord Shiva ordered his devotees to go to earth and find the skull of the creature, but they first needed to bring the head, which they would sight first. As per instructions, all the Ganas started their mission; they came across an elephant that the volunteer agreed to give his head off.
Finally, Lord Shiva infused the life of a little boy and, the head of the elephant was fitted or aligned instead of his original skull. It was not accepted by Mata Parvati. However, she has to accept the reality and finally, she got her son’s life back. That’s, how Lord Ganesha came into existence. In this whole process, Mata Parvati asked one Vardan from Lord Shiva that a little Lord Ganesha will be worshipped first before any diety. All gods and goddesses granted Mata Parvati her wish.
Why do we Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
To mesmerize the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, devotees celebrate the event of Ganesh Chaturthi. A little boy named Lord Ganesha got a lease of life on the Chaturthi Tithi, Shukla Paksha, and Bhadrapada.
How was Ganesh Festival Started?
In the year 1983, Lokmanya Tilak, An Indian Freedom fighter initiated an event. He published the public event where he declared a launch of a domestic festival in his newspaper, Kesari. With his great efforts, he well organized a public event that got celebrated across castes and creeds.