Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Timings to avoid Moon sighting and myth

by 24USATVSept. 10, 2021, 9 p.m. 23
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Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth of Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This year, the celebrations for the 10-day festival will begin from today, September 10, and end after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi, which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day.

The Chaturthi tithi begins at 12:18 am on September 10, 2021, and ends at 9:57 pm on September 10, 2021. Lord Ganesha is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he's considered the God of beginnings.

However, today is the first day of the festival and on this special day, we are not supposed to look at the moon in the sky. Have you ever wondered why?

Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Here's why we should not look at the moon

According to tradition, it is believed that one should not sight the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi. If a person sees the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi, they'll be cursed with accusations of theft and dishonoured by society.

According to a legend, Lord Krishna had fallen prey to the Mithya Dosha. He was falsely accused of stealing a precious jewel named Syamantaka.

After seeing the plight of Lord Krishna, Sage Narada informed that Lord Krishna must have seen the moon on the day of Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi and, because of that, he has been cursed with Mithya Dosha.

Sage Narada advised Lord Krishna to observe Ganesha Chaturthi fasting to get rid of Mithya Dosha.

According to drikpanchang.com, the Moon should not be sighted while Chaturthi Tithi is prevailing. Hence, you should not watch the moon from 9:12 am to 8:53 pm. (Duration: 11 hours 41 mins)

What to do if you see the moon?

If you see the moon on Ganesha Chaturthi, then one should chant the following Mantra to get rid of the curse:

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