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Krishna Himself Worships Vinayaka

The story of the Syamantaka shows how powerful of the curse Ganesha is.

Satrajita of Dwaraka had a gem called Syamantaka. It was dazzling. If it was worshipped with devotion it used to give plenty of gold every day.

Once Prasena, Satrajita's brother, went out hunting. He was wearing the Syamantaka. A - lion killed him and went to a cave, carrying the gem. A bear by name  Jambavanta killed the lion and gave the Syamantaka to his child to play with.

This Jambavanta was not an ordinary bear; he was the heroic follower of Shri Rama.

Prasena did not return to Dwaraka. Satrajita suspected that Krishna himself had killed him for the sake of the Syamantaka. The rumor soon spread.

Krishna had not done anything wrong. So when he heard about Satrajita's suspicions he was unhappy. He went in search of Prasena.

He found the corpse of Prasena. There were footprints of a lion nearby. Following these footprints, Krishna entered the cave of Jambavanta. He fought with Jambavanta for twenty-eight days. At last, Jambavanta understood that Shri Krishna was Shri Rama himself. Then he offered him the Syamantaka.

Krishna gave the Syamantaka to Satrajita and put an end to the evil rumors. However, he was surprised at what had happened. "How could such things be said of me even when I had not done anything wrong Great sages told him the story of Ganesha's curse and said, "You saw the Moon on the fourth day."

I Then Krishna worshipped Ganesha. Siddhi-Vinayaka Vrata-the worship of Ganesha-is performed on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada. The devotees believe that those who see the Moon on that day will not suffer, if they listen to the story of the Syamantaka.

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Ganesha - The Lord of Wisdom, son of Ishwara and Parvati
About Ganesha
The Figure Of Ganesha
His Names
Outside India
Parvati's Beloved Son
Not Even Ishwara!
He Needed No Help
The Elephant's Head
The First Worship
The Contest
Talasura Humbled
The Boon Of Brahma
"Ganesha Can Subdue Him"
Talasura Learns His Lesson
A Terror To The Gods
Ganesha's Victory
Ganesha Curses The Moon
You are Here! Krishna Himself Worships Vinayaka
Vyasa Dictates To Ganesha
No Town Without Ganesha's Temple
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