Chandra - The Moon God
The name ChandraChandra
The name Chandra originated from Sanskrit, meaning ‘the illustrious one’... originated from Sanskrit, meaning ‘the illustrious one’. Thus he is also known as Rajanipati meaning the lord of the night and Kshupakara meaning one who illuminates the night. He is a lunar God and also a cosmic influencer. Earlier he was associated with dew and thus was also considered a fertility God. But later on his identity was merged with Soma thus also making him the lord of plants and vegetation.
Chandra is a young, fair, white complexion God who drives around the sky in a chariot pulled by ten white horses. He is a two-armed God who holds a club in one hand and a lotus in another.
Chandra was married to the 27 daughters of DakshaDaksha
Brahma, the creator of the universe, created Daksha from his right thumb.... They are collectively known as Nakshatras. His favorite wife is Rohini. He and the second wife of Brihaspati named TaraTara
In the Ramayana, Tara is addressed by Vali as the daughter of the vanara physician Sushena. Sometimes, verses are added in the Bala Kanda, the first book of the Ramayana... are the parents to Budha, the planet Mercury.
Chandra was not conceived by two parents but was born in Samudra Manthan. He was so bright and shiny that he almost blinded everyone present. Unanimously all gods decided to send him into the cosmos and give him the status of the planet.
Chandra is associated with a rabbit or a hare as he jumps and shifts his position faster than other cosmic influencers. He also represents femininity, mind and memory. It is through moon that one is able to perceive knowledge and life as a whole in a subtle and a gentle way. He adores the head of ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... and thus enjoys a privileged status. He is the lord of the people born under the sun sign of Cancer. He provides higher perception, sensitivity, softness, imagination and intuition. He governs the emotions and subconscious mind of people.
The color, metal, gemstone and element that is associated with him are white, silver, pearl and water respectively. He governs the North-west direction and the winter season. The food grain he represents is rice and he presides over Mondays.
Earlier Chandra use to stay up in the sky, in its full shape and light throughout the year but it was because of a curse the waxing and waning of the moon take place. Lord GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... went to a feast and ate as much as he could. He was riding back on his mouse and coming back home, when a snake crossed his way and his mouse stumbled upon it. Ganesha fell and his tummy split open. Looking at this incident, Chandra couldn’t control his laughter. Ganesha felt insulted and cursed him that he will be banished from the sky and will not be able to laugh at anyone again.
The night soon turned dark and there was no moon in the sky. Various Gods requested Ganesha to give moon his sky back to which Ganesha agreed but with a twist that he will never stay full on every single night. He would grow smaller by the passage of every day and one day will completely diminish, known as the no moon night. But then he will start growing back again, till he gets his full shape back, known as the full moon night.
According to another legend this curse was put on Chandra by Brihaspati. When Chandra fell in love with the wife of Brihaspati, Tara, a war took place between both the parties and even Gods became involved. Chandra lost the battle and was separated from his beloved. He was also cursed by his enemy.
Chandra is worshipped by a couple seeking a child. The Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindwhich should be recited in his name is ‘Om Chandramase Namah”. He is a powerful God who gives life to creatures. He strengthens the mind and purifies the blood. With his influence, one can live in harmony and positive energy. One can also find relief from sorrows and pain after praying to him. He also helps in curing mental afflictions. He radiates happiness and beauty. Devotees should invoke him in the hours of meditation. Just like Shiva, he should also be worshipped on Mondays.
Most famous temple dedicated to him is Kailasanathar temple, located in Thingaloor district (Tamil Nadu).