Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Date, Puja Vidhi Time, Importance, Ganesh Chaturthi Story and Tithi
Lord Ganesh is one of the prime deities in Hinduism. He is one of the most loved and revered deity across the nation. Just the way Lord Ganesh is addressed with 108 names. Similarly, His birth anniversary too is addressed by many names like the ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, ‘Vinayak Chavithi’, ‘Vinayagar Chathurthi’, Ganeshotsav and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Few of the most popular names Lord Ganesh is addressed with are ‘Ganpati’, ‘Gajanana’, ‘Vinayak’, ‘Sukhakarta’, ‘Dukhaharta’ etc. With an elephant head and a huge belly, Lord Ganesh is known to protect His devotees from all the Vighna (hurdles/obstacles) that come in their life. He is the highly revered and adored deity who is worshipped in almost every Hindu household. His birth anniversary is celebrated all over the nation, but the state of Maharashtra is famous worldwide for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with great fervour and equal respect.
The festival of Vinayaka Chavithi or Vinayagar Chaturthi has a wonderful history. Almost every child in a typical Hindu family is raised hearing the magnificent Ganesh Chaturthi katha (Ganesh Chaturthi story) and other stories related to the life of this beloved deity. Let us take a look at the story of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The most notable story of Lord Ganesha’s birth is the one taken from the Shiva Purana. Once, Goddess Parvati was heading to take a shower, She did not wanted anyone to disturb Her as She bathed. Hence, She appointed Lord Nandi to guard the doorway. Being obedient to Mata Parvati, Lord Nandi started guarding the doorway and made sure no one is passing through. After sometime Lord Shiva walked in and Nandi being an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva allowed Him to pass through the doorway. Upset with Nandi’s behaviour, Mata Parvati decided to appoint someone who would be loyal and follow Her instructions faithfully. Once while bathing, Maa Parvati created a small lad in form of human from the turmeric paste that was applied on Her skin. She put life in that boy and told him to keep a watch on the entry way and instructed him not to allow anybody inside until She was done bathing.
The boy started guarding the door. Soon, Lord Shiva returned and saw the young boy guarding the door. He tried passing by but the boy stopped the Supreme from meeting His own wife. Lord Shiva tried convincing the kid by telling him that Goddess Parvati was His better half and He wished to see Her. But the boy was adamant and did not allow Lord Shiva to pass. Angered by the kids gesture Lord Shiva cut off the kid's head with His Trishul and executed Him. Goddess Parvati learned about this and was devastated and angered. She decided to put an end to the entire creation. She was so angered that She called out and gathered all Her fierce avatars. The Yoginis emerged from her body and took steps to wreck all. Lord Brahma, being the Creator, got worried and asked the Goddess, what could be done to calm Her down and to stop the Her from destroying the entire Creation. Hearing this Goddess Parvati said only two things can calm me down. Saying this She put forward two conditions, one was to bring the kid back to life and second that He would be worshipped before all the other God’s. Lord Shiva’s anger was cooled down by now and He agreed to the two conditions put forward by Maa Parvati. Lord Shiva sent His dutas out and ordered them to bring back the head of the first animal that was found lying dead with its head facing the North. The Shiva-dutas before long came back with the big head of an elephant. Lord Brahma fixed that head on the kid's body and put new life into him. The boy was pronounced as Gajanana and was given the status of being principal among the divine beings, and pioneer of all the ganas (classes of creatures), Ganapati.
Ganesh Puja Mantra
श्री वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ । निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥ Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabhaa Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarvakaaryeshu Sarvadaa" Translation: Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesh, whose curved trunk and massive body shines like a million suns and showers his blessings on everyone. -Oh my Lord of Lords Ganesh, kindly remove all the obstacles, always and forever from all my activities and endeavours.
How to do Ganesh Puja at home?
Once you invite Lord Ganesh into your house by bringing a Ganesh idol, you must perform Ganesh Sthapana Vidhi and the Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Vidhi. Clean and decorate the place where you are going to install the idol of Lord Ganesh. Now, install the Ganpati idol in the place that you have cleaned and decorated. Light a Ghee diya, offer Hibiscus flowers, durva grass and start the worship by invocation of Lord Ganesha through Pran Pratisthapan. Join your hands with both the thumbs folded inwards and chant Mantras in front of the installed Idol. Offer prayers asking Lord Ganpati to be come and inhabit the statue (Pratishthapan) while chanting his Mantra.
Once the Puja is done, perform the Anjali ritual by carrying five flowers in your palm and keeping it on the feet of Lord Ganesha’s idol. Once this is done, spread 5 betel leaves near the feet of Lord Ganesh and place one supari on each. Sprinkle some Turmeric powder and some kumkum on each of these betel leaves and suparis. Now do ‘Shringar’ of the installed Ganesh Idol by adorning the Ganesh idol with a mala also known as ‘Kanthi’, mukut, bracelet and colourful vastra. Put a fresh flower garland around His neck and dab on His forehead some haldi, gulal and sindhoor. The Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja is accomplished.
Once the above mentioned steps are followed, you must perform the Shodashopachara ritual. The Shodashopachara is a Vedic ritual in which Lord Ganesh is offered sixteen different forms of offerings. These offerings are
21 Druva Grass blades
Offer Red Flowers
Apply a Tilak of Red Sandalwood Paste on the forehead of Lord Ganesh Idol
Place a coconut alongside of Lord Ganesha’s idol.
NOTE: The number 21 signifies - the five organs of perception, five organs of action, five vital airs (pranas), five elements, and the mind.
Once this is done light a Akhand Jyot (Diya that burns 24x7)
Decorate an aarti thali by placing incense sticks, camphor, diya and powdered fragrance blocks in it.
Offer some rock sugar and honey
Now place the Prasad that has been prepared in front of the Ganesh idol
Sprinkle some Holy water likethe Gangajal over the entire place and over the Prasad
Now indulge into prayers (do Japa, meditate or recite108 names of Lord Ganesh )
How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at Home
The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi is that it brings together all the people and strengthens the bond of relationships. During Vinayaka Chavithi or Vinayaka Chaturthi family and friends gather together and sing the Ganesh Chaturthi Bhajan and so Kirtan. The family that welcomes ‘Ganpati Bappa’ home make sure to follow all the rituals and keep the house clean day in and day out. The family members indulge in prayers and meditations. Every day fresh Prasad is made and distributed among friends, family and neighbours until you do the Visarjan of the Ganesh idol that is installed at home,
Did you know that you can install the Vinayak idol in your homes for a span of one and a half day, for five days, for a span of 7 or 10 days or even 11 days? During this period a Holy, positive and cheerful atmosphere is spread throughout the house and relationships are nurtured.
How many days Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated? The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated over a period of 10 days.
Observing Ganesh Chaturthi fast what to eat
Fasting plays a significant role during Ganesh Chaturthi, Some people observe fast for the span of ten whole days, while some fast for lesser days. During fasting, eating unhealthy, spicy and non-vegetarian food is not permitted. An individual can consume fruits, milk and dates during fasting.
What happens if we see moon on Ganesh chaturthi?
It is a popular belief that one should not look at the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi as doing so may result in Mithya Dosham or Mithya Kalank, which means that the person may be wrongly accused of stealing something. According to a legend in the Puranas, Lord Krishna was once accused of stealing the Syamantaka jewel. Sage Narada witnessed the plight of Krishna after this false accusation and told Him that He was cursed with Mithya Dosha because He had sighted the Moon on the day of Bhadrapada Shukla Chaturthi.
Lord Ganesha had put a curse on Chandra (the Moon God), which stipulated that anyone who looked at the Moon on Shukla Chaturthi during the month of Bhadrapada would be cursed with Mithya Kalank or Dosh. The person would be tainted and their reputation in society would be ruined. Narada then advised Shree Krishna to observe a fast on Shukla Chaturthi in order to get rid of Mithya Dosha.
Ganesh Chaturthi Visarjan
Ganesh Chaturthi Visarjan is the day when the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in water. It is a ritual that educates the human race about the harsh reality of life which is ‘everything that comes to life has to end’. This ritual makes us recognize that change is inevitable and everything is temporary in life. It also teaches us the life lesson of “Letting Go”, we have to let go of things that we adore and are close to our hearts.
Special Ganesh Chaturthi Pujas
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja
Perform this puja on Ganesh Chaturthi for blessings of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesh is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month, he rules over wisdom and removes obstacles from one's path. This puja includes Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana, Recitation of Ganpati Atharvasheesh Stotra (11 times), Ganpati mantra Japa 1100 times, Homa, Aarti and Pushpaanjali.
Check out more Ganesh Pujas. We have a puja for removing obstacles to your personal and professional growth. You can perform Lakshmi Ganesha Puja for success in career. Shree Ganesha Puja Mantra Japa and Yajna removes all of your issues. We also have Laxmi Ganesha Saraswati Puja for higher education and a puja for Success Stability and Support in life.
On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, we at Rudra Centre are happy to introduce a range of spiritual products that include the Ganesh Chaturthi special merchandise, puja and gift items. Above all, we wish you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
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