The story of Harischandra emphasizes the value of truth and denounces the degrading influence of falsehood. Jupiter represents truth; Saturn when afflicted represents falsehood. The Harischandra story enables Yudishtira to tide over his adversities. This story exists in the Veda-s and is repeated in the Purana-s, as poetry and drama.
There is a reference in Mudgala Purana regarding the origin of Chathurthi Thithi. Once Brahma, the Creator of the universe meditated upon Lord Ganesa after he had created the Universe, in order to attain success in his work. At that very moment the ultimate Prakrti, Mahamaya, the Goddess appeared from
गजभजु गयोर प ब धनं श श दवाकरयो ह पीडनम ् | म तमतां च वलो य द र तां व धरहो बलवा न त मे म तः || Even elephants and snakes, (who are so powerful and dangerous) have to remain in captivity and the Moon and Sun have