One of the most popularly celebrate the festival on the fourth Bhadrapada day is Ganesh Chaturthi. The day marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and people across the nation are found celebrating and rejoicing. The ideologies and customs go in a way that people bring the idol of Lord and worship him for the next 10 days.
Many cities build huge pandals, all decorated with lights, flowers, and clothes which is the place Bappa dwells for the next few days. The tenth day stands for the end of the festival, and a huge procession carries the idol to nearby rivers or sea for immersion with the enchanting echo of:
Ganpati Bappa Morya Agle Baras Tu Jaldi Aa.
It is evident that Lord Ganesha holds immense significance in the life of all. Also, people look up to him as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Indians especially pay homage to the lord before starting any new activity. However, there are few beliefs adjacent to the myth that is etched in Puranas. Let us have a look at some of them.
The most popular God of all – Lord Ganesha is the symbol of prosperity and is considered as the one who can eliminate obstacles. Indians start their needs venture or business or any relation only after worshipping Lord Ganesha. It is believed that before the onset of any event, it is desirable to praise the Lord. Because the Lord is supposed to deter obstacles, many people enchant his name before starting even small chores of daily life.
Also, people believe that the Lord can grant all wishes to his devotees. Merchants are found to worship him every day, and in case a business venture fails, they put the image of lord upside down signifying bad omen. People offer tokens of love in the form of money, food to the idol of Ganesha and believe he would shower prosperity on all.
One of the most popular myths about Ganesh Chaturthi is that anyone who catches a glimpse of the moon during the days of Ganesh Chaturthi would be blamed for a bad occurrence. The history dates back one of the birthdays when Ganesha was on tour after a heavy meal upon his vehicle rat. While on his way, he was stopped by a snake, the rat got scared and tumbled. This caused lord to fell, and his belly spurted out all he ate. Hurriedly he put all the assortment inside and tied his belly with the snake. Seeing this the moon giggled, and this made the Lord furious.
He further cursed the moon and said that whoever has a sight of the moon during his birthday would suffer from wrong doing. And so even nowadays people avoid seeing the moon during the days of Ganesh Chaturthi.