(Last Updated on : 02/01/2013)
The legend of worship of Lord Ganesha
is mentioned in the Mahapuranas
. It states that once on a full moon day of Vaisakha, Lord Shiva
, Goddess Parvati
, Lord Kartikeya
(Skanda) and Lord Brahma
went to Siddhasrama. All of the other gods and devas of heaven, along with the sages and kings of earth reached there to worship Lord Ganesha. Lord Krishna
also reached the location along with all the people of Dwarka
. Radha and the citizens of Gokula also went with Krishna.
After reaching the place, Radha took a bath and adorned herself in new clothes. Then she went to the beautiful mandapa which was established for Ganesha worship. Radha offered white flowers to the Lord and adored Him with utmost devotion. She also offered Durva grass or Bermuda grass, holy water, lamp, incense sticks, fragrant sandalwood paste, five clothes and many other presents to Ganesha.
Radha also presented a sacred cow as charity. Afterwards she chanted the Ganesha mantra for one thousand times and also performed all other rituals related with Ganesha worship. The elephant
-faced Lord was pleased with her devotion and thus appeared before her. He instructed her to distribute the offerings to the Brahmanas (Brahmins
). As in this way Ganesha would be able to accept the presents. Thus Radha gave away all the presents to the Brahmanas. Ganesha became happy with the generosity of Radha and blessed her.
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