Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over the country especially in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh with great devotion and enthusiasm. It is the most auspicious festival for Hindu people. Many devotees bring the idols of Lord Ganesh home to worship and celebrate the festival in a special way.
The occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10- days. People keep the idol in their home for 5, 7, or 11 days depending upon their family tradition. On the 10th day of worship, the visarajan takes place. The idol of Lord Ganesh is carried to shore and sunk with a festival procession. The Visarjan procession is colorful and joyful and people dance happily. It represents the starting of a new phase with Lord Ganesh’s blessing.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration
Lord Ganesh is worshipped for prosperity, good fortune, insight, and happiness. As per Hindu Calendar, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the 4th day of Bhadrapada month which falls between August and September.
To celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesh, the auspicious 10-day festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, is celebrated all over India. It is believed that these 10 days Lord Ganesh comes down on earth to give his blessings and happiness to his devotees. Below, we’ve mentioned the complete procedure for how to do Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Vidhi at home.
Things Required for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja
List of items needed for the Ganesh puja as per Hindu rituals is given below.
- Lord Ganesh Idol (murti)
- Chandan/sandalwood paste
- Akshata – (Made by combining wet turmeric with rice, saffron, and pulp)
- Red flowers
- Incense sticks
- Mango leaves/beetle leaves
- Some fruits (preferably bananas)
- A Chaurang or elevated table to place the idol.
- Durva grass
- Red cloth
- Diya and oil or ghee to light in front of the idol for Aarti.
Steps to perform before Ganesh Puja
Cleanliness and devotion are the main things for any puja or vrat. So, clean your house and take a bath before performing pooja vidhi.
Prepare and decorate the Ganesh mandap with flowers, coconut, banana leaves, or mango leaves.
Take a pot filled with water and rice and put it near Lord Ganesh’s idol.
Place the idol saying ‘Om Ganeshy Namah’.
Start the Ganesh Puja by chanting 108 names of Lord Ganesh or you can chant simple Ganesh shlok/mantras.
Light the lamp with ghee or oil and offer Aarti to the Ganesh ji by singing chants especially devoted to Lord Ganesh or Ganesh Aarti.
Offer Naivaidya of special recipes and fruits to Lord Ganesh’s idol.
Sweep and clean your house. Bring Lord Ganesh’s Idol at home. Let your whole family gather at the time of Puja. Perform Ganesh Shlokas or mantras to welcome the Lord Ganesh in your house.
Before entering Home with Lord Ganesh Idol, ask a family member to take a bowl of rice. Shower the rice on the idol before coming inside. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, before placing Ganesh idol on his Sthaan, place some raw rice, on it rests a Supari, turmeric, KumKum, Abhil, and Gift (Dakshina). Place him on his Sthaan.
Devotees should avoid consuming onion and garlic after Ganpati sthapna and also avoid the consumption of meat and alcohol during the festival time.
Tulsi leaves are not offered to Ganesh because they both are involved in a mutual curse.
Modaks, the sweet dumplings are considered to be Lord Ganesh’s favorite sweet dish. Therefore, devotees offer Lord Ganesh ‘bhog’ of modaks on the first day of the occasion.