Ganesha Chathurthi is one of the most popular of Hindu festivals. It’s the birthday of Lord Ganesha and considered to be most sacred. Normally, falls on the month of Bhadrapada (August- September), that starts on 4th day of Shukla chathurthi (bright fortnight).
STORY OF GANESHA CHATHURTHI:
Once upon a time when Shiva went to forest for penance, the Goddess Gowri was alone so while bathing she created an idol from the pure white mud excreted from her body and gave life to the idol named him as GANESHA, and instructed him to guard while bathing at entrance of the house. She told him do not allow anyone to enter until she completes her bath. Lord Shiva returned home and he was thirsty but Ganesha stopped him at the gate. Shiva became ferocious and out of anger, cut off Ganesha’s head as considering Ganesha as an outsider.
When Gowri came to know she was sorely grieved. To console her, Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring the head of the creature that comes first from north. The servants went on the mission and found an elephant coming, they chopped elephant’s head and brought before Shiva. The Lord joined the elephant’s head with the Ganesha’s body.
Lord Shiva apologised him for his behaviour and gave him a boon “Worthy of worship at the beginning of all undertakings, marriages, expeditions, studies, etc. Annual worship of Ganesha was ordained to take place on 4th day of Shukla Chathurthi on the month of Bhadrapada.
Ganesha is fond of Kozhukttai, rice balls with sweet core. On one day of his birthday He ate more kozhukattai and set out moving on his mouse at night. Suddenly mouse stumbled Ganesha fell down, his stomach burst open and all the pudding came out. He stuffed all the sweet balls into his stomach tied using the snake around his belly.
Lord Chandra in the sky started laughing; the indecorous behaviour of the moon annoyed ganesha and cursed that no one should look at the moon on the Ganesha Chathurthi day. If anyone dares to see, he will surely earn a bad name, or ill-repute. This story is quoted in the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Mantra of Lord Ganesha
For a person if they dont know any mantra just chant
Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah.
with devotion and love . Definitely he will accept ourf prayers
Ganesha Gayathri Mantra
Tat purushaaya vidmahe
Tanno dhanti prachodayaat.
Lord Ganesha is an embodiment of wisdom and bliss. He is the Lord of Bramhachari with small mouse as his vehicle. Ganesha Gayathri represents which is the Prime of all the Mantra. This explains the practice of invoking Ganesha before beginning any rite.
For more prayers on Ganesha Slogas click here,
How to do Ganesha Puja?
On the Ganesha Chathurthi, rise early in the morning at Brahma muhurtham. First clean the house and take a bath. After bath, make or buy ganesha and prepare prasadam, do Ganesha puja on noon.
- Place the Clay idol of Lord Ganesha in a raised platform.
- Decorate Ganesha with his umbrella, towel, flowers mainly used and most important are red coloured flower, milk weed flowers and dhruva grass. For more details on the flowers for puja
- Recite Mantras and Bhajans praising Lord Ganesha.
- Break the coconut or just keep it along with the idol.
- While performing Ganesha Puja at home, it can be flexible.
- But don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day.
Prasadam for Ganesha Chathurthi:
Ganesha is found of sweets and snacks. To know more on his favourite snacks and its preparation click on the same
What is the Procedure for Ganesha Visarjan?
Ganesha comes to the home of his devotees on Ganesha Chathurthi day. He brings auspiciousness, hope, success and happiness to all homes and removes all obstacles. While Visarjan he takes with him all problems and unhappiness.
Clay figure of the Deity is worshipped for 2-10 days depending on once convenience (puja should be done odd number of times), and are dissolved into water.
Before Visarjan, You should perform Mangala Aarti. All the family members will be present. Usually Ganesh Mantras and Aarti prayers are chanted.
Ganesh Visarjan Mantras
There are no specific Ganesh Visarjana mantras. The only chant
Ganapathi Bappa Moriya
Mangala murthy Moriya
The visarjan ritual begins with the Uttaranga puja which involves offering five items, namely
- Deepam (oil lamps),
- Pushpam (flowers),
- Dhoop (incense),
- Gandham (fragrance like turmeric, sandal )
- Nivediyam (food) to Ganpati.
After this, all members of the household gather to perform the Mangala Aarthi and sprinkle Athchathai (Raw rice mixed with turmeric) on the lord.
- Take some water and sprinkled on the person who is performing the Visarjan.
- The person performing the Visarjan should remove all garlands and other decorations on Ganesha.
- Collect it in a newspaper or cover. This should not be thrown in the river or water bodies. Now it’s time to lift Ganesha.
- The Idol of Ganesha is then lifted from the seat and carried to the entrance where the idol is turned to face the entrance of the house and placed on the floor.
- All the family members do namaskaram, to thank Ganesha for visiting your home. This brings prosperity and auspiciousness. Ask pardon for the mistakes committed. If plan to bring Ganesha murthy next year, then ask him to return back.
- Lift up the Ganesha. Other people around can chant “Ganpathi Bappa Moriya”…Then family lead Ganesha for immersion.
- Once the Idol is lifted from entrance they should not be placed or turned back.
- Walk out and move quickly towards the immersion point.
- Never look back with the idol in the hand. Because he is taking all our problems with him. While immersing the idol chant
Ganapati Bappa moriya…
Some devotees perform another aarti at the immersion point but this can be skipped if there is heavy rush.Similarly, after the immersion do not look back the idols. Return home and take bath.