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.
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 (for Shubh Muhurat click here – Jyotirvid) 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.
Why Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi originates from the heart of Maharashtra and hence is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show there. The festival was celebrated as a public event since the time of Maratha King Shivaji, but a Sarvajanik Ganesh idol was installed first by Bhausaheb Laxman Javale. A change dawned and the festival became publicly observed after Lokmanya Tilak changed the festival from a private celebration to a grand public event “to bridge the gap between Brahmins and non-Brahmins and find an appropriate context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them”. It is believed that Lord Ganesha is the source of knowledge and prosperity. Worshipping him with all our dedication will make us achieve success to unprecedented heights.
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.
If you want to know on how to perform Ganesh Puja
at home, then below mentioned is the procedure.
· 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
o Red Altar Cloth
o Brass Kalash with Nariyal
o Hindu Tilak
o Dhoop stick
o Supari (betel nut), Clove, Cardamom
o Darbha Grass (single)
o Puja Coin (German silver)
o Kapus Vastra
o Kharik, Badam, Raw Haldi
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.
Wishing you all a
very Happy Ganesha Chaturthi and Ganesh Puja.