Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
Ganesha is the much-loved elephant god who is also the remover of obstacles. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across communities by both the young and old and across sections of the society. He is honored at the start of any celebration or ritual as he is considered to be the god of beginnings. Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha. The 10-day long celebration starts with the birth of Lord Ganesh in every home and ends with the visarjan. From decorating homes to preparing Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet - Modak, devotees are really busy this time of the year.
In case you are unable to visit a temple, especially for those who are abroad, you can perform a Ganesh Chaturthi puja at home. We've got the bases covered for you.
Things you need to perform the Ganesha puja
- Ganesha idol or picture
- Diyas (lamps)
- Incense sticks
- Unbroken rice
- Chandan (sandalwood paste)
- Ganga jal
How to go about doing the puja
- Clean the puja space.
- Place the Ganesha idol or picture of the diety on a chauki in the puja space.
- Pour some Ganga jal on the idol.
- Offer prayers to request Lord Ganesha to accept your puja.
- Light a diya and dhup and offer it to Ganesha.
- Offer the sacred thread to Ganesha.
- Apply sandal paste on the idol.
- Apply Sindoor tilak as well.
- Next offer the unbroken rice to Ganesha.
- Offer the sweets, a glass of water and flowers to Lord Ganesha.
Meditating and chanting mantras are an excellent way to connect with your mind and soul with the supreme being. Some mantras that help invoke the power of Lord Ganesha are
Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabhaa Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarvakaaryeshu Sarvadaa
Om Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadi Sevitam Kapittha Jambuu phalasaara bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha kaaranam Namaami Vighneshwara paada pankajam