In Hindu religion, Lord Ganesha and ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat’ has an utmost importance. Removing obstacles of our lives and providing success is the very special features of Lord Ganesha. That’s why His names are ‘VighnaHarta’ and ‘SiddhiData’. Before starting any auspicious deeds we do worship Lord Ganapati and seek His blessings to complete that task without any hurdles. Observing this ‘Vrat’ is the most easiest way to stay away from obstacles and hurdles in our lives.
How to please Lord Ganesha:
Worshipping Lord Ganapati and offering Him ‘prasadam’ of ‘Laddoo’ or ‘Modak’ on the fourth lunar day, i.e., ‘Chaturthi Tithi’ of Bhadrapad month of Hindi Calendar, makes Him very happy. Just like Lord ShivJi, Lord GaneshJi also becomes happy very soon.
Puja Vidhi and Sthaapna:
Puja starts with bringing the idol of GaneshJi on the occasion of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’. Before worshipping, one should assort raw cow milk, curd, ghee, paste of sandalwood, flowers, fruits, sweets, incense sticks, thali of aarti, betel nuts, betel leaves, new cloth to cover the idol and then after having head bath one should start the pujan of Lord Ganapati with all of the family members. First of all, bathe the idol of Lord GaneshJi with raw cow milk, curd and ghee, then let the idol be covered with new cloth, offering of flowers, dhoop, lamp of ghee, flowers and laddoos and sweets should be done. Finally, betel leaf and betel nuts should be given to Lord Ganapati along with dakshina. At last, aarti is to be performed begging forgiveness for any mistakes happened unknowingly by chance.
Muhurt for Pujan:
11.24 am to 13.52 pm is the most auspicious day time ‘muhurat’ for pujan. Duration of this ‘muhurat’ is 2 hours and 28 minutes.
Visarjan of Lord Ganapati: Before immersing the idol of Lord Ganapati, worship as per your capacity and apply vermilion on the idol and offer green grass called ‘Doorva’ to Him. Offering of 21 Laddoos is required and then 5 Laddoos are to be offered to Lord Ganapati’s idol and another 5 Laddoos are to be given to Brahmin. Rest of the Laddoos is to be distributed among family members as ‘Prasadam’. Performing ‘Aarti’ afterwards is necessary before taking the idol to the place of immersion in a river or a pond or the sea. People see Him off with a wish to come back in the next year again. Before immersing the idol of Lord Ganapati, ‘Aarti’ is performed once again at the place of immersion.
Auspicious Time of Immersion: As per convenience.
Benefit of observing ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat’:
Happiness and success comes in life and obstacles are removed by the auspicious grace of Lord Ganapati.
Procedure of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat’ :
Puja vidhi is as simple as other ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat’ as well. On the morning of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat’, one should rise early in the morning, preferably before Sunrise and getting done with the daily activity, one should take a head bath and after that sprinkle Ganga water through the entire house and, if possible, add paste of white sesame seed with the water for bath. Worshipping Lord ‘GaneshJi’ in the morning one should chant the ‘Beej Mantra’ of ‘GaneshJi’ in the afternoon. After chanting the ‘Beej Mantra’ worship Lord Ganapati with incense sticks, lamp, green grass, flower, fruits, sweets, water etc. Wrapping the idol with red coloured cloth is considered as very auspicious and if not possible, then giving red coloured cloth as ‘Daan’ is also advisable.