Chandra the Legend:
Lord Ganesha was riding home on his mouse after a big feast. A snake slithered into their path. The mouse tripped and Ganesha fell. And guess what .. Ganesha had eaten so much, that his tummy split open and all the Kudumulu tumbled out!
Chandra (the moon god) was watching from the sky. He found this quite funny and started laughing. This made Ganesha mad. He said, “You find it funny that I fell down? Well, I shall banish you from the sky. Then you will not laugh at anyone again!”
Suddenly the night was dark. There was no longer a moon in the sky. This went on night after night. Chandra, and all the Devas (gods) went humbly to Ganesha. They begged him to let the moon back into the sky.
Ganesha relented. He allowed the moon back into the sky. But to remind him to be humble, Ganesha put a curse on him. He would never again shine, full and round every day. Instead, he would become smaller until he disappeared; and then grow again to his full size.
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe Purusha and Prakriti and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.
As the divine remover of obstacles, Ganesha is the older son of Lord Shiva. He is to be worshipped or at least remembered, whenever you begin anything important in life.
“Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah”. Praise to Lord Ganesha” This is the mantra of prayer, love and adoration. It is chanted to get Ganesha’s blessings for the positive starting of a project, work or to simply offer Him praise.