Ganesh chaturthi a festival celebrated with joy in Maharashtra. This day is marked as the birth date of lord ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Lord Ganesh is also addressed by his devotees as the elephant lord. You must have heard the story of Lord Ganesha’s birth and how he got the elephant head? ‘Yes’, you’re right, the story where Goddess Parvathi shaped and created a beautiful sculpture of a child whom she later got to life named Ganesh and the rest we know the story we heard every time we spoke about Ganesh Chaturthi and Lord Ganesha’s birth story. But did we know that ‘Brahma Vaivarta Purana’ narrated a different version to Lord Ganesh’s birth.
The story narrates that, Goddess Parvathi had a yearlong fast which pleased Lord Vishnu and he reincarnated as Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shivas son ‘Ganesh’…all the Gods and Goddess were invited to see and bless their charming infant, but during all this Lord Shani refused to look at the child as he was cursed with the gaze of destruction. Upon Goddess Parvathis insistence, he looked at the child causing the infants head to fall off. This got Lord Vishnu to rush to the banks of the Pushpa-Bhadra River and bring back the head of a young elephant, which was then joined to Lord Ganesha’s headless body.
There are two versions to the birth of Lord Ganesh, but this does not change the devotion, love and enjoyment with which we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. A day that would bring into the life of Lords devotes the feelings of love, harmony, unity and prosperity. The ganpati puja starts with the “sthapna” of Lord Ganesh’s idol in your homes with his face covered with a cloth. The idol is given a bath with pure water and then decorated with flowers. Jyoti is lite and then the aarti begins the sthapna puja. Then various dishes are cooked for offering (bhog). It is believed that during this period, Ganesha visits his devotee’s home; brings with him prosperity and good fortune. This is the reason, the day is observed as a very auspicious day in the lifes of the devotees.