How to Perform Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja.
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. It is a Hindu festival of celebrating the birth of divine lord Ganesha. It usually falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. The festival is marked with the Ganesh sthapana, an installation of Ganesha clay idols in homes, or offices or pandals (temporary stages). Observations include chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts such as, prayers and vrata (fasting). Offerings and prasadam from the daily prayers, that is distributed from the pandal to the community, include sweets such as modaka, sheera, or fruits. Modaka is believed to be a favorite of Lord Ganesh. The festival ends on the tenth day after start, but we end it by one and a half day where the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually. Some people does the visarjana on 1 and a half day while some on 3rd day. Thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailash to Parvati and Shiva. People call Ganesh every year as a guest as a God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence. It is celebrated throughout India, especially in the states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, and is usually celebrated privately at home in states such as Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated in Nepal and by the Hindu diaspora elsewhere such as in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, other parts of the Caribbean, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, United States, and in Europe.
Prepare the sthan by spreading a handful of kacha rice grains on the place. Over the rice grains, place one supaari. Whenthe supari is placed, put some haldi and kumkum on the supari. Over that place some dakshina. Chant some Ganesha mantras or Recite “Ganpati Bappa Moriya”, we must place the Ganpati Idol over this preparation.
Honouring by Aarti
Aarti is one of the most important part of Ganesh Chaturthi. You can worship and honour the festival by singing the aartis.
Prasad and Bhog
It is believed that Lord Ganesha was a fan of ladoos and modak. People make modak as a prashad in the ganesh chaturthi puja. It is a sweet dumpling of all purpose flour filled with jaggery and coconut made from rice or wheat flour. On this festival, various forms of modak filled up with different fillings are made and offered as prasad. Around 21 sweets including modak, ladoos are offered to Lord Ganesha as bhog.