Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that draws people of various religions and socioeconomic backgrounds together. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with zeal and devotion throughout India.
People carry Lord Ganesh idols home to celebrate the holiday and worship the Lord in a unique way. Depending on their dedication or family custom, some people retain the idol for a day and a half, while others keep it for 5, 7, or 11 days.
The idol is customarily submerged (Visarjan) in flowing water on the last day of devotion, which might be the sea, a river, or even a lake. The parade is colorful and lively, and people dance enthusiastically.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous event in India, and it is observed for a variety of reasons. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesh.
What is the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day of Bhadrapad, which occurs around August and September. The followers believe that Lord Ganesh descends to earth to deliver his blessings on this auspicious day.
Lord Ganesh blesses anybody who approaches him with a pure heart. People think that he is the only God who can remove all barriers, known as ‘Vighna-Harta,’ and that he is the giver of fortune, known as ‘Sukha-Karta,’ and that he can assist people escape natural disasters.
As per Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is the formless divinity encased in a glorious form for the devotee’s benefit.
Ganesha’s Symbolism and Importance
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Requirements
Here are the items you would require for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja.
Home Preparation for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja
Sweep and wipe down the entire home. Bring the Ganesh idol home and invite your friends and family to the puja. Allow your entire family to assemble during Puja. To welcome the Lord into your home, recite Ganesh Shlokas.
How to Perform the Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at Home
Many households call on Pandits or Brahmins to undertake Ganesh Chaturthi Puja in their homes so that they may do Lord Ganesh’s Puja correctly.
For each Puja or Vrat, two things are required: cleanliness and dedication. This will assist you in obtaining Lord Ganesh’s blessings.
Take a bath and clean your house. Put on clean clothing and prepare for the pooja.
Make a Ganesh mandap out of coconut or banana leaves. You may also embellish it with mango leaves and flowers. Some people adorn it with Ashoka tree leaves.
Place the Lord Ganesh idol and chant “Om Ganeshay Namah”. A saucepan filled with water and rice is placed near the Lord Ganesh idol.
Begin the Puja by reciting the 108 names of Lord Ganesh or basic Ganesh mantras.
Light the Diya or lamp and offer Aarti to the Lord by singing Ganesh hymns or Ganesh Aarti. Offer Naivaidya of unique dishes and fruits.
When celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at home, though, you can be more flexible. All you need is a clean body and mind, and the most essential thing is commitment rather than routine.
Sit with your hands folded and take note of all that goes into evoking heavenly power through ancient rites and customary customs.
Because the number 21 is significant in this puja, people offer 21 Durva grass blades and 21 Modaks. The number 21 represents five organs of perception, five organs of action, five vital airs, five elements, and the intellect.
Close your eyes and fold your palms, for God is listening. The more you pray with an open mind and holy intentions, the more Ganpati will shower wisdom, health, and wealth onto you.
May Sri Ganesha’s blessings be upon you all!