Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Vidhi: Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Vidhi: Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Shiva’s younger son, Ganesha. It is a 10 day celebration that is all set to start from tomorrow, i.e August 25. Also known as ‘Mumbaicha Raja’, ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’ in Maharashtra, Ganesha is the god of auspicious beginnings, good fortune and remover of hurdles. Lord Ganesha’s birthday is celebrated throughout the country but mainly in the state of Maharashtra. The fervour of this festival is mind-boggling and it has to be seen to be believed. Day 1 is marked by bringing this most-beloved elephant god home (a clay, stone or other idol) for worship and on the last day, it is taken out in a procession for the visarjan.
It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born during Madhyahana Kaal and therefore Ganesh puja should be done during the Madhyahana period only, which falls between 2.09 pm and 3.42 pm under the Hindu scheme of things (time). This year, according to Drikpanchang, the Tithi begins at 20:27 PM August 24 and end at 20:31 PM on August 25. The Ganesh Puja that needs to be performed is Shodashopachara Ganapati Puja.
The deity can be brought home for anything between 36 hours, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or-or even 11 days. You can take your pick of course if you are doing this at home, but if in case it is a community or neighbourhood celebration, you need to bow to the wishes of the pandits and do as they direct you.
The prayers and celebrations come to an end with the Lord Ganesh idols being taken in colourful, music-playing processions for the immersion with devotees shouting aloud the name of the lord. The visarjan can happen in the sea, river or, as is increasingly happening nowadays, at home too. The basic puja must be adhered to though.