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Ganesha Chaturthi Puja Vidhi

Lord Ganesha is worshipped with all sixteen rituals along with chanting of
Puranik Mantras during Ganesha Chaturthi Puja which is also known
as Vinayaka ChaturthiPuja. Worshipping Gods and Goddesses with all 16
rituals is known as Shodashopachara Puja ( ).
If you have Lord Ganesha installed at your home and is worshipped daily
then Avahana () and Pratishthapan () should be skipped as
these two rituals are done for newly bought statues of Lord Ganesha
either made of clay or made of metal. It should be noted that pre-installed
statue of Lord Ganesha at home are not given Visarjan () but given
Utthapana () at the end of Puja.
1. Avahana
() invoking Lord Ganesha
2. Pratishthapan
() installing Lord Ganesha into the statue
3. Aasan Samarpan
( ) offering seat to Lord Ganesha
4. Ardhya Samarpan
( ) offering scented water to Lord Ganesha
5. Aachaman
()
6. Snan
()
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7. Vastra Samarpan
( )
8. Yagyopavit Samarpan
( )
9. Gandha
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10.

Akshata
() unbroken rice for Puja

11.

Pushpa Mala
( )
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12.

Dhoop
()

13.

Deep Darshan
( )

14.

Naivedhya Nivedan
( )
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15.

Tambula Arpana
( ) offering Paan made of betal nut and leaves
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16.

Neeranajan
(/) Lord Ganesha Aarti
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Time
Madhyahana Puja Time = 11:24 to 13:54
Duration = 2 Hours 29 Mins
On 29th, Time to Avoid Moon Sighting = 09:12 to 21:14
Duration = 12 Hours 1 Min

Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 02:09 on 29/Aug/2014


Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 03:42 on 30/Aug/2014
Lord Ganesh Pooja :Place the idol of Lord Ganesh on the altar after taking bath in the morning.
Sit comfortably, fold your hand in namaste, close your eyes and
chant Om slowly three times.
Ganesh Mantra vakratunda mahaakaaya soorya koti samaprabha
nirvighnam kuru mein deva sarva kaaryashu sarvadaa
Chant the following mantra, while placing the mukut on the idol
Asmin Bimbe Chitrapate
Maha-Ganapataye Namah
Vastrartha Mukutam
Samarpayami
* Sound the bell for 5 seconds.
Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as pranprathishta. The Pran Prathista mantra in Sanskrit to be invoked is found in
the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha.
The Invocation mantra in Devnagiri are as follows: |
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Now Ganeshs soul is invoked in the idol and you can start performing the
customary puja rituals/bhajans.
Saraswati Mantra saraswati namastubhyam varade kaama roopinee
poojaarambham karishyaami siddhir bhavatu mein sadaa
English meaning:

Goddess Saraswati, my salutations to you. I am starting the puja, please


bless me with knowledge.
*Make a resolve to perform the pooja.
Make a resolve Mantra mama upaatta samasta durita kshaya dwaaraa parameshwara preeti
artham mahaa ganapati poojaam karishye
Prepare the pooja thali with the following items:

Coconut

21 blades of Dhruva grass

21 Modak (Modak is the favourite food of Lord Ganesh)

Pack Of Agarbattis (Incence Sticks)

Betel Leaf & Supari (Betel nut)

Janahav (Cotton String worn by Hindus)

Cotton packet (Used for making cotton wicks)

Abir (Black powder used for applying tilak)

Gulal (Red powder used for applying tilak)

Stick of Sandalwood (Used in making sandalwood paste)

Packet Of Camphor

Pouch Of Dhoop (Natural extract from trees)

*Pray Guru
Guru Mantra English wording:
gurur brahma guruvishnuh gurudevo maheshwara
gurussakshaat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namah
English meaning:
The teacher is the embodiment of the trinity Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu
and Lord Shiva. To that Guru, who is none other than God himself, I salute.
Prepare the Nandadeep (lamp) by pouring oil in it and making a cotton
wick.
*Meditate upon Lord Ganesh

English wording:
shuklaambara sharam vishnum shashi varnam chaturbhujam
prasanna vadanam dhyaayet sarvavighnopa shaantaye
English meaning:
I meditate upon Lord Ganesh, who is wearing bright colored clothes, and
has four arms, pleasant faced Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles.
Make arrangements for garland to be placed around Lord Ganeshas neck.
*Invite the Lord to accept your worship.
asmin bimbe chitrapate
maha-ganapataye namah
karpura nirajanam
darsayami
nirajananantaram
acamaniyam samarpayami
English meaning:
I offer camphor aarti to Lord Ganesh in this beautiful form. After the
camphor aarti, pure water is offered to Him.
*Welcome the Lord with flowers and water
I welcome the Lord with these flowers and kalash of water.
Fill the kalash (copper pot) with water and arrange flowers.
*Offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar. At the end offer water from the
kalash. Pour the mixture of all these five items into the Charanamrit set.
Offer everything with Charanamrit Set. Dip flowers in the kalash and offer
to the Lord.
*Worship the Lord with a bit of kumkum (sindoor), haldi (turmeric powder),
abir (black powder) and a paste made out of sandalwood bar.
*Offer the benevolent Lord the traditional Dhoop Aarti with Brass Dhoop
Lamp and circle the Lord Ganesha Idol three to five times in the clock wise
direction
* Perform The Lord Ganesha Aarti Jai Ganesh Deva/Jai Dev Jai
dev(famous marathi arti) with the traditional Niranjan Lamp. All the five
oil cotton wicks of the Niranjan should be lighted as this a part of the
customary ritual of the traditional Ganesh Pooja
While i was in Maharashtra, this was the famous marathi lyrics of jai dev
jai dev arti that would linger in the temples of Pune :
Jai Dev Jai Dev Arti
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi ll
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi ll
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi ll
Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
Ratnakhachit Phara Tujh Gaurikumra ll
Chandanaachi Uti Kumkumkeshara ll

Hirejadit Mukut Shobhato Bara ll


Runjhunati Nupure(2) Charani Ghagriya ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
Lambodar Pitaambar Phanivarvandana ll
Saral Sond Vakratunda Trinayana ll
Das Ramacha Vat Pahe Sadana ll
Sankati Pavave Nirvani Rakshave ll
Survarvandana ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
For those who have difficulty in saying the marathi words, here is Jai
Ganesh Deva, the popular arati of Lord Ganesha :
Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki parvati pita mahadeva
Ek dant dayavant
Char bhuja dhari
Mathe pher sindur sohe
Muse ki sawari
Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
Pan chadhe phul chadhe
Aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage
Sant kare seva
Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
Andhan ko ankh
det Kodhin ko kaya
Banjan ko putra det
Nirdhan ko maya
Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
Vighne harane mangala karane
Puhan puhan prakash
Nama le Ganesh ka
Siddha ojata kaja
Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
After doing the arati,
* Stand up straight. Fold your hands and do namaste. Turn clock wise
three times. Do namaskar to the benevolent Lord Ganesha.
Take prasad and distribute it to everyone present. Take blessings from
Lord Ganesha for a happy and prosperous life.

After reciting the following Shanti Mantra, cleanup your pooja place
sarve santu sukhinah
sarve santu niramayah
sarve bhadrani pashyantu
maa kashchid sukhabhag bhavet
//OM Ganeshaya Namah//

What you will need for the puja

A clay image of Lord Ganesha (hopefully


an eco-friendly idol)

Red Flowers

Modaks and assorted sweets like Pedhas


/ Karanjis These are generally made at
home for Prasad on an empty stomach or
Upwaas

Coconut

Chandan or Sandalwood

Incense Sticks

Choice of fruits

A moda / stool or raised platform to


place Bappa.

Sweet made of Pancha Khadya


(Ganeshas favourite) Dates, Rasins,
Powdered Sugar, Poppy seeds (Khus Khus)
and Coconut

Decorations for the platform with cloth,


lights etc
START WITH
The preparation for Ganesh Chaturti starts well
in advance with one giving a spic-and-span
clean to the whole house before the Lord
arrives. This is generally an exercise that goes
into several days but it necessarily needs to
be done for the Puja room / temple / place
where Ganeshji will be housed and the whole
home should be free of clutter.
ON THE DAY YOU WELCOME GANESHA
Sweep and wipe clean the rooms and have a
bath. Bring home Ganesha with fervor among

Ganpati Bappa
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family and friends.


Once the idol is home, recite Ganesh Shlokas
and pray to the Lord to be welcome in your
humble abode.
PRAN-PARTISHTHA
You can chant a series of shloks from the Rig
Veda to invoke the Lord into the idol. They are
in Sanskrit and are a part of the Ganesh
Suktha.
ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim
kavinam upamashravastamam |
jyeshhtharajam brahmanan.h brahmanaspata
A nah shrivnvannutibhih sida sadanam ||
ni shhu sida ganapate ganeshhu
tvamahurvipratamam kavinam |
na rite tvat.h kriyate kinchanare mahamarkam
maghavan.h chitramarcha ||
Meaning
We invoke You, O Ganapati of the ganas (Lord
Shiva attendants), Who are Brahmana-spati of
the brahmas (prayers), the wisest among the
wise, Who abound in treasure beyond all
measure, the most brilliant one. Do listen to
our prayers, come with Your blessings and
assurances of protection into our home, and
be seated.
Sit down among the worshippers, O Ganapati,
the best sage among the sages. Without You
nothing can be done here or far. Accept with
honor, O wealthy One, our great and
variegated hymns of praise.
After this, you can start making your offerings
to Ganesha. Start by lighting the auspicious
lamp.

Offer 21 blades of Druva, 21 Modaks, 21 of the


sweet you make from Panch Khadya, assorted
fruits and flowers.
Apply Tilak and then break the coconut (it
should ideally split in the middle) and also
make offerings of various grains to Mooshik.
You can then recite the 108 names of Lord
Ganesha followed by the Ganesh Aarti and
distribution of Prasad among devotees.
Detailed rituals are performed by Pundits and
please keep in mind that more than
performing exact rituals, its true devotion that
is favoured by Bappa.

The Puja
First clean the house and take a bath.
A Clay image of Lord Ganesha is installed in a raised platform.
Pray to Lord Ganesh and you can recite mantras or bhajans
dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as
pran-prathishta. The Pran Prathista mantra in Sanskrit to be invoked is
found in the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha.
ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim kavinam upamashravastamam |
jyeshhtharajam brahmanan.h brahmanaspata A nah shrivnvannutibhih
sida sadanam || (Rig Veda 2.23.1)
ni shhu sida ganapate ganeshhu tvamahurvipratamam kavinam |
na rite tvat.h kriyate kinchanare mahamarkam maghavan.h chitramarcha
|| (Rig Veda 10.112.9)
We invoke You, O Ganapati of the ganas (Lord Shiva attendants), Who are
Brahmana-spati of the brahmas (prayers), the wisest among the wise,
Who abound in treasure beyond all measure, the most brilliant one. Do
listen to our prayers, come with Your blessings and assurances of
protection into our home, and be seated. (Rig Veda 2.23.1)
Sit down among the worshippers, O Ganapati, the best sage among the
sages. Without You nothing can be done here or far. Accept with honor, O
wealthy One, our great and variegated hymns of praise. (Rig Veda
10.112.9)

Now Ganesha is installed in the idol and one can perform arati and
light the lamps.Some people perform the shhodashopachara, which are

16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha. (This ritual is usually performed by


the priests, you can skip this.)
Offer 21 blades of Druva Grass.

Offer 21 modakas

Offer red flowers

Apply a tilak using red Sandalwood paste.

Break the coconut or just keep it along with the idol. You can also
keep fried grains. (The food of the rat the vehicle of Ganesha).
You can also recite the 108 salutations dedicated to Lord Ganesha or
read the Ganesha Upanishad or just simply pray.
The number 21 signifies - the five organs of perception, five organs of
action, five vital airs (pranas), five elements, and the mind.
While performing Ganesha Puja at home, you can always be flexible. The
strict rituals are meant for Vedic priests. All you need to be careful is to
perform the pujas with a clean body and clean mind.
What is more important is devotion not the ritual.
Try to be simple. Concentrate on your prayers not on decoration and other
ritualistic details.

Following method is used to before doing Ganesh Chaturthi puja


Collect Puja Items: (Samgari)

1. Lord Ganeshas moorti (or a big framed photo)-Preferable to have an


idol made out of Turmeric powder(add
water in small quantity so as to make it a dough and pliable and shape in
the from of Vinayaka)
Plantain leaf (if available or a plate) and
rice for installing Lords Turmeric prateema.
One plate (preferably a metallic one) and some rice (2-3 cups)
Ghantaa (bell)
Two coconuts or bananas
Betel leaves, supaari (betel nuts).

Haldi, kumkum, akshata, flowers, garlands.


Panchaamrita (honey, milk, ghee, curds, sugar all in one cup).

2 small lamps with ghee and a cotton wick.


Agarbatti (and no camphor) and a match-box.
Small cups and a spoon, preferably metallic.(Preferable to Have Pancha
Patra).
Some money for Dakshina (Offering) to Lord Ganesha.(one Five Rupee
Coin will do).
Sweets and other items for Naivedya.
Before doing pooja, keep the surroundings clean and nice.
Be yourself clean, neat and tidy and follow the instructions.
Wear Vibhuti mixed with Water on your Forehead.
1) Sit comfortably, fold your hands in namaste. Close your eyes,
take a deep breath and chant OM slowly three times.
Sound the bell for five seconds.
2) Chant/Speak the following prayers:
Pray Lord Ganesha.
vakratuNDa mahaakaaya soorya koTi samaprabha |
nirvighnam kuru me deva sarva kaaryeShu sarvadaa ||
O, God Ganesha, you are as bright as ten million Suns.
I pray to you please remove all obstacles from my path.
Pray Goddess Saraswati
saraswati namastubhyam varade kaamaroopiNi |
poojaarambham karishyaami siddhir bhavatu me sadaa ||
Goddess Saraswati, my salutations to you. I am starting the pooja, please
bless me with success.

Prayers to Guru (our teacher)


gurur brahmaa gurur viShNuH gurur devo maheshwaraH |
guruH saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namaH ||
The teacher is the embodiment of the trinity Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu
and Lord Shiva. To that Guru who is none
other than the God Himself, I salute.
Chant sahana vavatu
OM sahanaa vavatu | sahanau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai ||
Tejaswi-naa-vadheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai |
OM shaantiH shaantiH shaantiH ||
OM. May we protect each other. May we eat together, may we study
together, and may we achieve together. May there not be any animosity
amongst us. May there be peace, peace and peace.

3) Make a resolve to perform the pooja.

Perform Achamana-Achyutaaya namah..


Onm Bhooh.(Detailed Sankalpa -Follow the Link at the end of this post).

mama upaatta durita kshaya dwaaraa shree-parameshwara preeti


artham sarva abhiishTa siddhi artham dhyaana aavaahana aadi
To forsake all my problems and to earn the Supreme Lords love, and
for the fulfillment of all my wishes, I shall worship Lord Ganesha by
several means.

4) Meditate upon Lord Ganesha.


shukla-ambara-dharaM viShNuM shashi-varNaM chatur-bhujam|
prasanna-vadanaM dhyaayet sarva-vighnopa-shaantaye ||
I meditate upon Lord Ganesha who is wearing white clothes, bright colored
and has four arms. Pleasant faced Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles.
Gajaananam bhootagaNaadi sevitam
kapittha jamboo phalasaara bhakshitam |
umaasutam shoka vinaasha kaaraNam
namaami vighneshwara paada pankajam ||
I pray to the lotus feet of elephant headed Lord Ganapati, who is served
by one and all, who likes fruits, who is son of Goddess Paarvati and who
removes root cause of all miseries.

5) Invite the Lord to come to you to receive your worship.


atra aagachcha jagadwandya suraraaja architeshwara |
anaathanaatha sarvajna gourii garbha samudbhava ||
Shrii-mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH| Aavaahayaami||
I invite you to come here, O Lord Ganesha, saluted by the world, the one
worshipped by the king of Gods, lord of all, the all-knower, son of Goddess
Gowri.

6) Offer seat to Lord Ganesha.


mouktikaiH puShya raagaishca naanaa ratna viraajitam |
ratna simhaasanam caaru priityartham pratiguhyataam ||
Shrii-mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH| aasanam samarpayaami|
I offer to you, Lord Ganesha, to please you and seat you, all gems studded
throne.

Please accept it.

7) Offer Lord Ganesha water, milk and honey.


mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH |
paadayOH paadyam samarpayaami|
I offer water to wash the feet of Lord Ganesha, the leader of all troops.
I offer water to wash the hands of Lord Ganesha, the son of Goddess
Gowri.
anaatha-naathaaya namaH | aacamaniiyam samarpayaami |
I offer drinking water to Lord Ganesha, who is the Lord of all.
gajavaktraaya namaH | madhuparkam samarpayaami |
I offer the traditional mixture of milk and honey to the elephant headed
Lord Ganesha.

8) Offer panchamritam (milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar) to


Lord Ganesha. Take milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar in small
cups.
Use separate cups or mix them all in a single cup. Dip a flower in cup and
worship with that flower.
snaanam panchaamritaiH deva grihaaNa gaNa naayaka|
anaatha naatha sarvajna giirvaaNa paripoojita ||
Shrii-mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH|
panchaamrita snaanam samarpayaami||
Oh gaNa naayaka, Lord, God, all-knowledgeable!
Please accept panchaamirta snaanam.
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH| kshiireNa snaapayaami ||
I wash him with milk

mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, dadhnaa snaapayaami |


I wash him with curd
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, aajyena snaapayaami |
I wash him with ghee
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, madhum snaapayaami |
I wash him with honey.
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, sharkarayaam snaapayaami |
I wash him with sugar.
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Is there any special Ganesh Visarjan mantras or procedure? Any specific ritual while
performing immersion of Ganesha after Chaturthi Pujas. These are some of the common
doubts that many devotees have? The concept of Ganesh Chaturthi is that Ganesha comes
to the home of his devotees on Ganesh Chaturthi day. He brings auspiciousness, hope,
success and happiness to all homes. During his brief stay, He removes all obstacles. While
returning He takes with him all problems and unhappiness.
Ganesh Visarjan Mantras
There are no specific Ganesh Visarjan mantras. The only chant that is done is Ganapati
Bappa Moriya...
You can also chant this prayer
Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
O Vinayaka! The remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very
short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long
hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!
Ganesh Visarjan Procedure
Before taking Ganesh for Visarjan. You should perform Aarti. All the family members
should be present. Usual Ganesh Mantras and Aarti prayers should be chanted.

The visarjan ritual begins with the Uttarang puja which involves offering five items,
namely deep (oil lamps), pushp (flowers), dhoop (incense), gandh (fragrance) and
naivedya (food) to Ganpati.
After this, all members of the household gather to perform the aarti and sprinkle akshat or
raw rice upon the lord.

The murti of Ganesha is then lifted from its seat and carried to the threshold where it is
turned to face the house and placed on the floor.

You should thank Ganesha for visiting your home. Thank him for
bringing prosperity and auspiciousness. Thank him for taking away all difficulties with him.
Ask for his pardon for any mistakes committed.
If you plan to bring Ganesh murti next year, then ask him to return.

Now a spoonful of curd is poured into Ganesh's outstretched palm because Hindus
especially Maharashtrians believe that any guest who receives curd and rice is sure to visit
again.

Ask for His blessings. The family then circumambulates Ganesha murti after which it is led
for immersion.
Take some water and sprinkle it on the person 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 body.
Should be place in appropriate spot given by authorities or should be deposited in a hole in
one's compound.
Now it is time to lift up the Ganesha.

Lift up the Ganesha. Other people around can chant Ganapati Bappa Moriya... and other
Ganesha chants.
Once the murti is lifted up do not place it at home. Walk out of home and move quickly
towards the immersion point.
Never look back at home with the murti in the hand.
While immersing the murti chant ...Ganapati Bappa moriya...

Some devotees perform another aarti at the spot of immersion but this is skipped due to
heavy rush.

After Performing the immersion, do not look back at the murti.


Return home and take bath.
Go to the puja room or area and offer prayers.
Symbolic Immersion
You can also perform a symbolic immersion by sprinkling water on Ganesha. This is if it is
made of metal or porcelain and you plan to use it next year.
Such murtis should be carefully kept in the puja room or in a spot without disturbing it.
Daily prayers should not be offered to this murti. Prayers to this murti should only be
offered during Ganesh Chaturthi.

One and half day Ganesh Visarjan August 30

Three days Ganpati Visarjan August 31

Five Days Ganesh Visarjan September 2

Seven Days Ganesh Visarjan September 4

Ten days Ganesh Visarjan September 7

Ananta Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan September 8


There are no hard and fast rules for Ganesh Visarjan, it usually depends on family tradition
and on the availability of family members.
The symbolic meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that Lord Ganesha comes and stays
among us. The immersion symbolizes his return from the earth after removing the
obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees.

Go for an Eco-friendly Green Ganesha Visarjan


Millions of Ganesh idols made from Plaster of Paris and coated with deadly paints
containing mercury, cadmium, lead and carbon are immersed in lakes, rivers, ponds and

seas. This is harmful to environment and creates water pollution. Remember the same
water is pumped and is made available to use in our homes.

The saddest part is that most of idols are left on riverbanks


and on seashore in rotten and broken conditions. Municipality trucks come and carry them
in the smelly trucks like waste products. This is not a good way to bid goodbye to Ganesha
the remover of obstacles.
Please if you have used a Ganapati Idol made from Plaster of Paris that uses chemical
paints please do not immerse the Ganesha in river, lake or other public water bodies. You
can use the tanks provided by the Metro and Municipal co-operation for Visarjan.
Please make sure that you do not immerse any plastic waste along with the clay Ganesha
idol and be proudly part of the eco-friendly Ganesh festival. Use clay idol and immerse
only the soluble parts. You can also symbolically sprinkle water on the Ganesh idol. You
can also immerse Ganesha in a bucket of water at home and then use it to water plants. If
you are using idol of metal, then it can be reused next year.

This is Shameful and degrading the Hindu culture.

This is the true Hindu culture Ganesha gets His form using earth (mud) and returns to
earth.

Ganesh Visarjan Rituals


In India and other parts of the world the devotees of Lord Ganesha observe a fast onGanesh
Chaturthi and celebrate it with pomp and show. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth
full moon day of Bhadrapad (Sep- Oct) month of Hindu calendar. An idol of Lord Ganesha is
brought at home on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi and is immersed in water after 10 days i.e.
on Anant Chaudas. Anant Chaudas or Anant Chaturdashi is the last day of the
Ganesha Festival.
This day Lord Ganeshas idol is taken from home and is immersed in flowing water. We
ask God to go to his Heavenly abode from where he had come; so that we can invite him the
next year too with equal fervor.
The time of farewell to Ganeshas idol is a poignant moment in itself. Somerituals have
to be followed in order to do the visarjan. There is one specific mantrawhich is chanted at the
time of taking the idol for the visarjan. The prayer is:
Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada Namaste.
O Lord Vinayak! You are the remover of all obstacles. You are the son of Lord Shiva, and have
a form which is remarkable, with the mouse as your carriage. You hold aladdu (sweet pudding)
in your hand and have wide ears and long hanging trunk. I prostrate with sincere devotion at
your soft Kamal (lotus) like feet.

Before

taking

Ganesha

for

the visarjanceremony, one should perform the arti(prayer). All the family members should be
present at that time. The rituals of the visarjan begin with anuttarang Puja (holy ceremony)
which

involves

offering panchameva (five

lamps), Pushpa(flowers), Dhoop (incense), Gandhi(fragrance)

items), deep (oil


and naivedyam (food)

to

Ganpati. After offering panchameva to Lord Ganesha, all should gather and perform Aarti.
Then some Akshat (raw rice) is sprinkled onto the idol. The idol of Ganesha is then lifted from
his seat and is carried to some threshold, where it is turned to face the house and is placed on
the floor.
We should ask for his pardon for any mistakes committed by us. If we plan to bring the idol
next year for Pooja, we should invite him and ask him to return next year. A spoonful of curd is
poured by the women of the house in the idols mouth, as it is believed that guests who
receive curd and rice are sure to visit again. Then everyone in the family should ask for his
blessings. Now the family members should circumambulate the Ganesha idol and proceed for
the immersion. The Ganesha idol is now taken to every of the house. This is done to ask
Ganesha to bless every part of our house.
Take some Gangaajal (Holy water) and sprinkle it on the person doing the visarjan. All the
garlands and the other decorations done on the Ganesha idol should be removed by the
person doing the visarjan. They should be collected in some newspaper or a cover, and not to
be immersed with the idol. They can be offered at the peepal or bargad (banyan) tree. Now
the idol is to be lifted up, and people going to do the visarjan chant the mantra:
Ganpati Bappa Moriya, Mangal Murti Moriya.
Once the idol is lifted it should not be placed in the home. The person holding the idol in hand
should move out of the home and should proceed to the immersion point. One should not look
back at the house once they proceed to the immersion point. If you have time you can also
perform a small Aarti (prayer) at the immersion point. After performing the immersion, do not
look back at the idol. You can either take a dip in the river itself or come home take a bath

and perform a small Pooja(prayer). This visarjan of Lord Ganesha is performed and devotes
wait for a year for him to come and give them the golden opportunity of his service.