Today on the last day of August month the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival kicks off which is going to be culminated with Ganesh idol immersion on the ninth day of September.
Last two years witnessed muted celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and now this year Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is taking place with great pomp and show all across Bhaarat.
Bhagavan Ganesh’s arrival today is surrounded with several legends and one of them is Mithya Dosh today. As per this legend, it’s said that Ganesh Chaturthi is such a time when we should avoid looking at the moon. If we knowingly or unknowingly do so, we will have to face the Mithya Dosh.
This has also been instructed by our elderly family members that looking at the moon during this period is a bad omen, henceforth we should refrain from looking at the moon on this day. They also tell if you do so you might get struck with the curse and invite bad luck for you.
The reason behind this is clarified in the legend itself. In accordance with this legend once Lord Ganesh was returning home on his Mooshak on the Chaturthi of Bhadrapada month. It was a moonlit night when suddenly Moon God thought of poking fun at the Lord Ganesh’s round belly, his elephant head and his Mooshak as well. Lord Chandra is well known about his pride for his good looks so it was something Lord Ganesh did not like. After Chandra Dev’s joke an angry Lord Ganesh immediately cursed him. He said that this day his light would never fall on earth and none will worship the moon. He also added that if someone deliberately or mistaking looked at the moon, even if being innocent, he would face allegations and charges. And then his reputation would be tarnished.
A shocked and shattered Chandra Dev then apologized fearing for his existence. His proud and rude manners were lost. Other Gods came up with him praying to Lord Ganesh for forgiveness. But now Lord Ganesh’s words could not be taken back, so he said that people can look at the moon at any time but not on ‘Bhadrapada Chaturthi’. Seeing the moon on this day will invite false allegations.