Do not look at the moon! The moon laughed at Ganesh when his stomach burst open and lots of sweets fell out!
The story goes that one year on his birthday, Ganesha, being very fond of sweet things, was going from house to house accepting sweet puddings. Having eaten a good few too many, he set out riding upon his mouse when suddenly the mouse being frightened by a snake, stumbled and Ganesha fell off. His stomach burst open and all the sweets came tumbling out. Ganesha stuffed them back into his stomach quickly and, catching hold of the snake, tied it around his belly to hold it all in.
Seeing all this, the moon in the sky laughed heartily. This unseemly behaviour of the moon annoyed Ganesha immensely and so he 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.
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Picture: Lalbaug cha Raja 07 _lalbaug Ganesh Utsav Visarajan 07 (14) (by tushark)