legend of the Syamantaka Jewel
said that anyone who looks at the moon on the night of the
Ganesh Chaturthi will be falsely charged with theft or a similar
crime. If someone inadvertently sees the moon on this night,
he/she may remedy the situation by listening to (or reciting)
the story of the syamantaka jewel.
story may be found in the Puranas
such as the Bhagavata and the Vishnu.
Satrajit, who secured a jewel syamantaka from Surya, did not
part with it even when Krishna the
Lord of Dvaraka, asked for it saying it would be safe with
Him. Prasena, the brother of Satrajit went out hunting wearing
the jewel but was killed by a lion. Jambavan of Ramayana fame
killed the lion and gave it to his son to play with.
Prasena did not return, Satrajit falsely accused Krishna of
killing Prasena for the sake of the jewel. Krishna, in order
to remove the stain on His reputation, set out in search of
the jewel and found it in Jambavan's cave, with his child.
Jambavan attacked Krishna thinking Him to be an intruder who
had come to take away the jewel.
fought each other for 28 days, when Jambavan, his whole body
terribly weakened from the hammering of Krishna's fists, finally
recognised Him as Rama.
know You. You are the life in all creatures, virility, grit
and strength. You are Vishnu, the Primeval Lord, All-prevailing,
the Supreme Lord (of the worlds). (Bhagavata 10.56.26)
built a bridge (across the ocean) that is a standing monument
to His fame, set Lanka ablaze, and with His arrows severed
the heads of Rakshasas, which fell to the ground.
for his having fought Krishna, Jambavan gave Krishna the jewel
and also his daughter Jambavati in marriage. Krishna returned
to Dvaraka with Jambavati and the jewel, and returned it Satrajit,
who in turn repented for his false accusation.
offered to give Krishna the jewel and his daughter Satyabhama
in marriage. Krishna accepted Satyabhama as His wife but did
not accept the jewel.
event one is not even able to listen to or read the story,
the following mantra may be recited holding some water in
the palm of the right hand. The water is then to be sipped.
killed Prasena; the lion was killed by Jambavan. Don't cry,
O dear child! This syamantaka jewel is yours.
Excerpted from an article by Anand Hudli (email@example.com).