Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Ganesh Chaturthi is today and the Ganpati festival has got off to a rollicking start and it will continue for 10 days during which devotees will celebrate the birth of this god, also known as ‘Mumbaicha Raja’, ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’ of auspicious beginnings, good fortune and remover of hurdles. While this festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is celebrated across India, it is in the Western parts of the country that the celebrations really hit a mind-boggling high – the people of the region are very professional and they do not bother too much about holidays generally as far as their career/work is concerned, but when it comes to Ganpati festival, they virtually bring almost all work to a grinding halt as everyone is on an off! The fervour is unimaginable and it has to be seen to be believed. The first day 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. So, here you can check out the images and also find out Ganpati festival Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, time and other religious activities.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: As has been revealed earlier, Ganesh Chaturthi puja starts on Sep 5, 2016 (Monday). The first step is to bring the Ganesh idol home. So, this time the Ganesh Puja Muhurut falls on Shubh, Labh or Amrit Choghadiya. and the auspicious period today, during which you can do so is 6.47 pm and 9.42 pm.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born during Madhyahana Kaal and therefore Ganesh puja should be done during the Madhyanhana period only, which falls between 2.09 pm and 3.42 pm under the Hindu scheme of things (time). The Ganesh Puja that needs to be performed is Shodashopachara Ganapati Puja.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Depending on the day and the wishes or rituals observed by the people, which again depends on the various areas of the country that they reside in, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in various ways and that too across a span of days. So, we have anything between 36 hours celebrations, 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.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: 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 of course be adhered to.