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Story Of Origin Of Chandra In Hinduism - Story Of The Birth Of Moon Good

An interesting story related to the origin of moon god is found in the Matsya Purana. As per the legend, Chandra was the son of Sage Atri and his wife Anasuya.

Legend has it that Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, once deputed Sage Atri to create a unique world which is filled extraordinary beings.

To fulfill the job, Sage Atri performed intense penance. One day while he was meditating, an intense light emitted from the eyes of the sage. The light took the form of a ball and it could not be controlled. Due to it the day never came to an end. All the living beings were confused and there was commotion in the universe.

Dikpalakas, the guardians of the eight corners of earth, could not manage and keep the light in check. So they threw the ball of light into the ocean.

Thousands of years later, when Devas and Asuras performed the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan), the ball of light came up and it got a place in sky and was named Chandra, the moon god.