Lord Ganesha is the cutest God of Indian Mythology and is the favourite of the majority of people. He always stands as the foremost inspiration for Indian children and their parents. Lord Ganesha’s birthday is considered to be very important and a must to do celebration by Hindus. Ganesh Chaturthi is renowned as Lord Ganesha’s Birthday and thus commemorated as Ganesh Puja for 11 days in Hindu culture.
Puja Timings Of Ganesh Chaturthi:
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra with Proper Ganesh Puja and traditional rituals. The duration of Ganesh Puja timings which are considered to be most auspicious is for 2 Hours 19 Minutes in Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Puja will start at 10:49 and continue till 13:09. The Ganesh Chaturthi Tithi Begins on 20:37 on 12/Sep/2018 and will end on 19:21 on 13/Sep/2018.
Day of Ganesh Chaturthi (13th September 2018)
The installation of the idol of Lord Ganesh is done on Ganesh Chaturthi and can be done at Labh time between 07:59 to 09:33 or Amrit Time i.e. between 09:33 to 11:07 during Ganesh puja. It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born during Madhyahana Kaal which is between 12:40 and 14:14. The Muhurut time specified above is the best Muhurat . to perform the Ganesh Puja and to perform any auspicious work throughout Ganesh Chaturthi.
Pre preparations involved:
The place of the idol is to be positioned, so as to ensure that people are able to view Ganesh Puja during most of the times throughout a day on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Before installing the idol, clean the place thoroughly, lay a cloth and spread some rice on the cloth. Then place the idol on the cloth before starting Ganesh Puja.
You can then decorate the idol with flowers, chandan, and any more things on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Who Lord Ganesha Actually Is?
Lord Ganesha is the older son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is believed to be the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, good luck, and success. He is famous for his power of knowledge and hence known as ‘The Vinayak or Vighneshwer’. He is considered to be the attractor of good luck and hence is remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. Goddess Parvati had created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who had gone out returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn’t know him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.
Why Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
How To Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
There are four main rituals done by the Ganesh Pandals during the festival.
- Pranapratishhtha – the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol.
- Shhodashopachara – 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha.
- Uttarpuja – Puja after which the idol could be shifted after its infusion.
- Ganpati Visarjan – immersion of the Idol in the river.
- First of all, establish the idol of Lord Ganesha at your home. As per Vastu the northeast corner of the house is associated with bringing prosperity and happiness. Select the northeast corner of your house for Ganesh Puja which should be clean and calm.
- House is cleaned and sprinkled with ganga water especially in the place where the Idol of Lord Ganesha is to be placed.
- Arrange a bright dress for the idol and place diyas for the puja.
- Place the Kalash on the shrine and offer the deity with flowers and different food items.
- Arrange a puja thali have the below-mentioned contents to perform the puja
- Red Altar Cloth
- Brass Kalash with Nariyal
- Hindu Tilak
- Dhoop stick
- Supari (betel nut), Clove, Cardamom
- Darbha Grass (single)
- Puja Coin (German silver)
- Kapus Vastra
- Kharik, Badam, Raw Haldi
Celebrations In Maharashtra
Maharashtra forms the hub for marvelous pandals and awes striking celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. With soaring chants and traditional drum beats, the deity arrives at the place which would be his abode for the next 11 days. It is then followed by ritualistic ceremonies performed to invoke the Lord’s presence in the idol. The offering of a variety of sweets, flowers, rice, etc is made to the deity. Modak – a type of sweet which is believed to be a favorite of the Lord, is a popular sweet that can be found everywhere during this festival. The days to be followed are marked with regular morning and evening ceremonies and special events of singing religious songs, traditional dances and chanting prayers. The Maharashtrians mark this as the most lavish and extravagant festival.
Celebrations In Schools
Schools are the source of education and so is their motto! “To Educate”. Since Lord Ganesha is the symbol of knowledge and the provider of prosperity, schools make sure to arrange puja and feast on this day. Children start preparations a day before and decorate the school.
On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, children are given a feast and sweets as well. They also attend the puja and pray for their bright future.
Celebrations In Public Communities
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India at the individual level as well as the community level. Communities usually arrange huge pandals which are set up by an entire neighborhood and all the people get together to worship the Ganesha idol, with a lot of pomp and show. On the tenth day, all the people go to the river or sea to immerse the idol.
Ganesh Chaturthi is, in fact, the most widely celebrated Hindu Festival abroad. U.K, Mauritius, France, U.S.A are among the major countries apart from India who enjoys observing Ganesh Puja.