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Ganesha Chaturthi: How-to observe the ritual

The day becomes special by the ritualistic worship of Lord Ganesha, as it elevates the thoughts from mundane to spiritual. This year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Thursday, 13 September 2018.

The image of Ganesha is believed to absorb all the negativity in one`s household, as one offers prayers to him by way of chanting, offering plenty of tasty food, lighting lamp, dressing him up with devotion and praying to him sincerely.

This image is kept at home for pooja and then immersed in water, symbolic of dissolving all evil and negative energiesthat manifest in one`s life as sorrow and pain.

Things needed for the pooja

Steps for ritual worship

  1. Cleansing
    Take a bath and clean your house. Decorate your doorway with flowers and mango leaves. Artificial hangings or torans can also be used for decoration.
  2. Draw rangolis or geometric patterns
    This can be done in front of the doorway with raw rice flour. One can also use colored powder available in stores for this purpose. It is a symbol of auspiciousness. It helps attract positive vibrations into the house.
  3. Idol of Ganesha

The Mantras For You

Listen to the Bhajan Service rendered at Melrose Temple for Ganesh Chaturthi last year. Like it? Download the entire Satsangh here

Did you like this bhajan service? Download the entire Satsangh here

Recitation of mantras is called, “Prana Pratishta” in Sanskrit, meaning breathing of prana or life current into the image, making it fit for worship. Mantras give life to the form.  

Sacred mantras should be chanted like “Om Gam Ganapathaye” to invoke his blessings of success in all undertakings and destruction of all obstacles to well being.

The Rig- Veda mantra for Pran-prathista should be recited:

ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim kavinam – upamashravastamam | jyeshhtharajam brahmanan.h brahmanaspata A nah shrivnvannutibhih sida sadanam || (Rig Veda 2.23.1)

ni shhu sida ganapate ganeshhu tvamahurvipratamam kavinam | na rite tvat.h kriyate kinchanare mahamarkam maghavan.h chitramarcha || (Rig Veda 10.112.9)

Food

Food offerings should be made to him like modaks (sweet rice dumplings), coconut, cooked channa, jaggery, semolina laddus, besan laddus, kheer and different types of fruits.

However, his favorite food is the modak. Food offered to Ganesha is called Prasad and it should be distributed after the pooja.

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Aarti

Once food offering is done, then aarti along with ringing of bells should be done to him. It is showing of light to the deity and invoking his blessings.

Friends and family

Friends, neighbors and relatives can be called over to share the festive spirit and enjoy a meal with you. Food prepared at home should be shared with others. It brings in good merit.

Final ceremony

Towards evening, after some prayers, he should be carried to a sea or some water body for immersion. It is a very important part of the pooja. He is thrown into the water with some coins and flowers, in the belief that he is carrying all our burdens with him and dissolving them, only to come back the next year. This ceremony is called visarjan in Hindi.

What the pooja does for you?

Vital energy increases. Negative energies are eliminated. Subtle body gets purified. Mind attains tranquility and intellect is sharpened.

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