We should not look at the moon on
GANESH CHATURTHI. One who look at the moon on the GANESH CHATURTHI
(17TH September 2015) earn censure & ill-repute. The moon will set at 9:22 pm
on this day.
STORY Once Lord Ganesha was walking in His own delightful rhythm. It was the fourth lunar day (chaturthi). The Moon god saw him. The Moon god was very vain about his good looks. He said with a bitter sarcasm to Lord Ganesha, "What a beautiful form you have! A big belly and an elephant's head...".
Lord Ganesha realized that the Moon's vanity will not go without his being appropriately punished for the same. Lord Ganesha said, "Your face will not be worth showing to anybody."
The Moon did not rise after that. The gods were worried, "The whole department that nourishes the earth has been closed! How will the medicinal herbs be enriched? How will the affairs of the world be conducted?"
Lord Brahma said, "The Moon's insolence has angered Lord Ganesha."
The gods worshipped Lord Ganesha in order to propitiate him. When Lord Ganesha was pleased, the Moon's face became worth showing to others. The Moon god prayed to Lord Ganesha with hymns.
Lord Ganesha said, "Your face will be worth showing on other days of the year, but on the fourth lunar day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada, the day when you insulted me, whoever sees you will be slandered with a serious blemish within a year. This is necessary to give the message to the people that 'No one should be vain regarding one's physical beauty and charm.'