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Story of Ganesha as Vakratunda and Matsaryasura

Vakratunda is one among the numerous names of Ganesha and it means ‘one with a twisted trunk.’ As per Mudgala Purana, Ganesh took the form of Vakratunda to annihilate demon Matsaryasura. The demon symbolically represents envy, jealousy and rivalry.

Demon Matsaryasura was born out of the envy, jealousy and rivalry in the mind of Indra, the king of Devas. The demon then worshipped Shiva and did severe penance. He obtained the boon of fearlessness from Shiva.

Matsaryasura became very powerful and dominated the three worlds.

Fed up with Matsaryasura, devas, saints and people approached Dattatreya. He advised the people to worship Ganesha by chanting the mantra ‘GAM.’

They were able to please Ganesha and he promised to appear as Vakratunda to defeat the demon.

When Vakratunda appeared before Matsaryasura, he was so terrified that all his courage was lost. He immediately surrendered before Ganesha and sought refuge at his feet.

Symbolically Matsaryasura is the jealousy, envy and rivalry in us, which wrecks havoc in our lives. The only way to defeat them is by taking refuge in Ganesha.