Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most highly anticipated Hindu celebrations of the year. Ganesh Chaturti is a ten-day festival commemorating Ganesha's birth as the elephant-headed god. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati have a son, Ganesha, who is the god of intelligence and prosperity. This holiday is marked by a lot of hooplas, excitement, and delicious cuisine.

Ganesh Chaturthi is held on the 4th day of Shukla Paksha, or the luminous period of the full moon, in the month of Bhadrapada. Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated this year on Friday, September 10, 2021. On this day, the puja Muhurat for Ganesha Puja is somewhere between 11:03 a.m. and 01:33 p.m.

Clean the house and make sure it is neat and ordered before Ganesh Chaturthi arrives. Early in the morning on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, take a holy bath. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous and important celebration. All family members must share tasks and do the puja collectively in order to receive his blessings.

Getting the Ganesh Idol

There are three techniques to organising Lord Ganesh's puja. Some folks use an image, picture, or idol that they already have in their puja room to perform their rituals. You can even construct an idol with the help of your family members using clay or turmeric. Ganesh idols (murtis) or new images can be purchased from shops and pandals. This is the most commonly used option in most houses. Every year, people go on a search for a new idol to utilise during the ten-day festival for prayers and rituals.

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Setting up the altar for Lord Ganesh

Prepare seating for Lord Ganesh on an elevated platform or at the home's customary puja altar. In front of the altar, make a rangoli. Cover the pedestal or platform with a nice-looking fabric. Place Ganesh's image/idol on the puja altar.

Ganesh Puja

Gingelly or coconut oil can be used to light a lamp. Gather the family members in front of the altar and light incense sticks

Holy water can be used to bathe the idol (if the material of the idol is suitable to permit the water).Rose water, sandal paste, coconut water, honey, panchamrit, and other things can be used. After the holy bath, wipe the statue with a clean cloth. Sandal paste, vermilion, clothes, decorations, flowers, and garlands should all be used to decorate Ganesh's picture. Chant Ganesh's mantras and place flowers at the foot of the image/idol.

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Some Ganesh Mantras to be chanted

 वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ।

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा॥

विघ्नेश्वराय वरदाय सुरप्रियाय लम्बोदराय सकलाय जगद्धितायं।

नागाननाथ श्रुतियज्ञविभूषिताय गौरीसुताय गणनाथ नमो नमस्ते॥

अमेयाय च हेरम्ब परशुधारकाय ते ।

मूषक वाहनायैव विश्वेशाय नमो नमः ॥

एकदन्ताय शुद्घाय सुमुखाय नमो नमः ।

प्रपन्न जनपालाय प्रणतार्ति विनाशिने ॥

एकदंताय विद्‍महे। वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि। तन्नो दंती प्रचोदयात।l

For the puja, provide prasad and other home-cooked foods such as modak and laddoos. Offer coconut, fruits, and other eatables that you have brought specifically for Ganesha.

Burn camphor at the altar and sing Ganesha hymns. Seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Distribute the prasad to family members and invited guests.

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