Story of Vakratunda Avatar:
Once upon a time ago, there was a very powerful demon called Matsaryasura and as per the legends Matsaryasur was born out of the envy, jealousy, and rivalry in the mind of Lord Indra, the king of Gods. Matsaryasura meditated Lord Shiva to grant him immortality with sheer devotion and dedication. Pleased with his single-minded devotion, Lord Shiva blessed Matsaryasura that no human, God or demon will be able to destroy him. The bless soon started showing its effect as Matsaryasura became so powerful and fearless that he eventually conquered all the three worlds – heaven, earth, and pataal. He soon became the king of the Asuras and started creating problems for Srishti(creation) altogether. The Gods began praying for mercy so that they could save themselves from the oppression of Matsaryasura, the demon king. Fed up with the problems caused by Matsaryasura, the devas, saints and people consulted Dattatreya and he advised them to worship Lord Ganesha by chanting the “GAM” mantra. Finally, Lord Ganesha who is also known as the remover of the obstacles, reincarnated in the form of Vakratunda to save the world by defeating Matsaryasura.
When Vakratunda appeared in front Matsaryasura, he was so scared that all his courage and fearlessness was gone in no time. He immediately surrendered before Lord Ganesha and prayed for forgiveness.
Symbolically, Matsaryasura represents the jealousy, envy, and rivalry in all of us which creates unwanted problems in our lives. Seeking refuge in Lord Ganesha is a way we can defeat them.