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Ganesh Chaturthi Legend

How did the festival come about? The legend goes that there was a monster called Gajasura, a powerful monster was also a devotee of Lord Shiva. It seemed that the monster prayed for many years and as a result Lord Shiva, who was touched, granted him a boon. But the cunning monster asked Shiva to reside in his stomach. Since he had no choice, Lord Shiva granted his boon and went inside the belly of the monster.

Parvati, Shivas wife, who was searching for her husband, became frantic with worry and went to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu, who assured Parvati that he would find Shiva, disguised himself as a street player and set out with Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, to find Shiva.

When they reached the monster Gajasuras kingdom, Nandi danced to please the monster. The monster that was pleased to see the bull dancing he decided to reward the bull.

Nandi, the bull, asked for Lord Shiva as a reward and this made Gajasura realize that the street player was Lord Vishnu. He also realized that Lord Shiva couldnt live in his belly forever and thus freed Lord Shiva. After that, he prayed to Shiva to make him immortal. To grant him the wish, Shiva severed Gajasuras head and carried the head with him.

Meanwhile, Parvati who heard that Shivas out of the monsters belly was joyful. In order to prepare for her Lords return she went to have a bath, but before that she asked someone to stand guard outside. She made a boy out of dough and named him Vinayak.

But when Lord Shiva returned, the boy refused to let him enter the palace, as he had never seen him before. This made Lord Shiva furious and thus he beheaded the boy and went inside. When he saw Parvati, he told her about his beheading of the boy. This shocked and upset Parvati. She told Shiva that Vinayak was like a son to her and that she wanted him back alive. Thus Shiva put the head of Gajasura on the boys head and the boy Vinayak came to life. Shiva also blessed him and announced that everybody would worship him on that day. And thus the festival Ganesh Chaturti marks the day when Vinayak came back to life.

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