Hey kids, do you know what time of year is it? It is the time when the cutest little God comes to everyone’s homes. In India, all the Hindus believe that on Ganesha Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha will come to their house and take away all their troubles. Lord Ganesha is the cutest, chubbiest and friendliest Gods of all. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.
Children are specially fascinated with Ganesha because his head is that of an elephant. There is a very interesting story about how Ganesha got an elephant head. Once Goddess Parvati told her son Ganesha to guard a cave and let no one in while she was inside. When Shiva, her husband returned, he was surprised that Ganesha will not let him in, and struck off the boy’s head in anger. Parvati was inconsolable so Shiva sent out his troop(gana) to get the head of any sleeping being who was facing the north. The ganas found a sleeping elephant and brought back its severed head, which was then attached to the body of the boy. This boy none other than our Lord Ganesha was also named as “ganapati” as he became the leader of the ganas.
After Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganapati is worshipped for 10 days and on the 11th day he is immersed in water (called visarjan). By doing this people believe that he goes back to Kailash and take all of our troubles with him.
So what are you waiting for, this Ganesh Chaturthi, bring Lord Ganesha to your home, feed him Ladoos ( or modakas) and forget all your troubles.