16. GANESH CHATURTHI -8.
Seeing all this, the moon in the sky had a hearty laugh.
This unseemly behaviour of the moon annoyed Him immensely and so he pulled out one of His tusks and hurled it against the moon, and cursed that no one should look at the moon on the Ganesh Chaturthi day.
If anyone does, he will surely earn a bad name, censure or ill-repute.
However, if by mistake someone does happen to look at the moon on this day, then the only way he can be freed from the curse is by repeating or listening to the story of how Lord Krishna cleared His character regarding the Syamantaka jewel.
This story is quoted in the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Lord Ganesha was pleased to ordain thus.
Glory to Lord Ganesha! How kind and merciful He is unto His devotees!
To be continued ...