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Lord Ganesh's Ride on His Rat Vehicle

Here is a moral story on Lord Ganesh’s ride on his rat vehicle. Read to your child this story and teach the importance of being helpful instead of making fun of others.

As per Indian mythology every Gods and Goddesses have their favourite animals on which they love to ride on. For example, Lord Shiva loves to ride on Bull (Nandi), Goddess Durga loves to ride on lion, Lord Ganesha likes to ride on is rat etc. So, these animals are considered as the vehicles of these Gods and Goddesses.

One day after munching on his favourite Modaks Lord Ganesha decided to go for a ride on his favourite vehicle. But unfortunately while riding, the rat could not bear Lord Ganesha’s weight and he lost his balance leading Lord Ganesha to fall on the way. Looking at the plight of Lord Ganesha, Moon started laughing at him. Lord Ganesha felt very bad as instead of helping him, Moon kept on laughing at his plight. So, in a rage he cursed the moon that he will permanently disappear from the sky.

This curse made Moon realize his mistake. He apologised to Lord Ganesha and requested him to take his curse back. But as it was not possible to take the curse once given back, Lord Ganesha decided to reduce it. He said to Moon that he will start disappearing little-by-little each day and finally he will disappear completely on a particular day. This day will be known as Amavasya (No Moon Day). He also said that after Amavasya you will again start reappearing little-by-little and regain your size again on the day of Poornima (Full Moon Day)

Moral: Laughing at ones who are in pain instead of helping them is the greatest sin. Helping others is the greatest deed that can lead human beings towards the path of salvation.

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