We are now getting closer to the day of our favorite God’s arrival this year and also for all the festivity that surrounds Ganesh Chaturthi. Amidst all the songs, dance, fire crackers, get-together, it’s important that the traditional rituals are also adhered to. Chaturthi is considered to be a really auspicious time when people should worship Lord Ganesha to please the God and seek His blessing.
There are some important factors that should be kept in mind if you are hosting Lord Ganesha in your homes:
Before getting the idol of Ganesha in your home, ensure that the entire house is cleaned properly. Usually, a higher pedestal is allocated for placing Lord Ganesh’s idol. When bringing the idol home, the face should be covered. Also before starting any Pooja everyone in the house & other devotees present must take a bath.
2) Pooja items
For performing the rituals, there are various things which are required including coconut, modaks, betel leaf and betel nut, blades of dhruva grass, incense sticks, sandalwood paste, sindur, camphor, cotton wicks.
3) Aarti schedule
During this time, Aarti’s should be performed twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening.
Knowing how fond our pot-bellied Ganesha is of food, people offer Prasad of modaks, laddus, pedas, curd, ghee, milk and fresh flowers to Him.
No matter how many days you wish to host the Vignahartha, latest by the 11th day performing the Visarjan is very important. And don’t forget to sing ‘Purchya Varshi Laukariya’ to emphasize how much you will miss his presence and wish him an early return next year!
There are of course elaborate Pooja’s that people perform too but in the end faith and real devotion is what really matters. Also, if you are not actually bringing an idol home then you can simply light a diya in front of the idol/ image of Ganesha in your home and offer a few sweets. Besides you now also have the Ganesh Bhakti App that will help you virtually host Ganesha and keep your Pooja schedule intact during this auspicious time!