THE STORY OF SHREE
In Krityuga there was a staunch
child devotee of Ganapati called Ballal living in
village Pali of county Sindhu. He was the
son of a businessman called Kalyan & his
wife Indumati. From childhood itself Ballal
was very much addicted to worshipping Shri Ganesh.
Along with other children he used to worship with
small stones being treated as Gods. Once the children
went outside the village & saw a big stone. At
the instance of Ballal, the children treated the stone
as Ganapati. Ballal brought Durva, Bilva &
leaves of different trees & worshipped
Ganesha. Some children started meditating. Some chanted
repeated the words ‘Jai Gajanan, Jai
Gajanan’. Some danced, some started
singing stotras with sweet voices. Some built small
temple with bamboos & leaves. Some worshipped
the idol with flowers & leaves of forest. One
boy started narrating the story of Ganesha. All of
them were so engrossed that they forgot about hunger
& thirst or about day & night.
Their parents were waiting for the
children at their homes. when they did not return
on time, they all went to Kalyan vaishya’s house
& asked him “Where is your Ballal? Our children
have gone outside the village at his instance &
have not returned so far. He is their leader. He has
spoiled them. You control your boy. Otherwise we will
complain to the village officer”
Kalyan seth became furious. He took
a stick & went out. He saw the children listening
to Ganesh Purana outside the village. With anger gone
into his head he broke the small temple & started
chasing the children. Ballal’s companion fled
away, but as Ballal was submerged in meditation was
caught by his father. He was beaten till blood started
flowing from his body. His father tied him to a tree.
He also smashed all pooja materials & threw away
the big stone which children treated as Ganapati.
“Let me see which god protects you now,”
saying this he went home.
Ballal Started entreating Vinayaka
“O God! you are called as Vighnanashaka because
you remove the obstacles faced by your worshippers.
Vedas & Shastras say that you never forget your
devotees, then why is it that. I am facing obstruction
in your worship?” Ballal was not concerned about
his being beaten up or being tied to the tree. But
he became furious seeing the temple smashed &
idol thrown blind, deaf, dumb & hunchback”
Through he was affected by pain, hunger & thirst
he kept on chanting the name of Gajanana till he fainted.
Lord Ganapati was moved by the Childs
devotion. He appeared in the form of a Brahmin
Ballal & touched him. Immediately the thirst &
hunger vanished, wounds were healed& Ballal felt
a new vigour moving in his body. He prostrated before
the Brahmin whom he recognized as Gajanan & worshipped
him. Ganapati said, “Your curse will come true.
In his next birth also he will face misery. His father
will drive him away. Now you ask me for any boon you
Ballal said, “Let me have unshaken
devotion towards you. You must stay at this place
& remove the miseries of the people, who came
Ganesh said, “I shall ever remain
here in my part form, I will take your name before
mine & be called as Ballal Vinayak.” then
he embraced Ballal & vanished into a nearby stone.
That stone statue is now called Ballaleshwar.
The stone idol which Kalyan vaishya threw away is
also called as Dhundi Vinayak. This is a swayambhoo
Moorti. He is worshipped before Balleshwar is worshipped.