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Ganesh Chaturthi by Subhamoy Das

Posted on: November 1, 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi

By Subhamoy Das

How to celebrate the great Ganesha festival

A life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha is made 2-3 months 
prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The size of this idol 
may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet. 
On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms 
in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people 
to view and pay their homage. The priest, usually clad in red 
silk dhoti and shawl, then invokes life into the idol amidst 
the chanting of mantras. This ritual is the pranapratishhtha. 
After this the shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute) 
follows. Coconut, jaggery, 21 modakas (rice flour preparation), 
21 durva (trefoil) blades and red flowers are offered. The idol 
is anointed with red unguent (rakta chandan). Throughout the 
ceremony, Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda and Ganapati Atharva S
hirsha Upanishad, and Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana 
are chanted. 

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta 
Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. 

On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in 
a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be 
immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off 
of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash 
while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. 
All join in this final procession shouting "Ganapathi Bappa 
Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya" (O father Ganesha, come 
again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, 
flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the 
river to immerse it. 
The whole community comes to worship Ganesha in beautifully 
done tents. These also serve as the venue for free medical 
checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, dramatic 
performances, films, devotional songs, etc. during the days 
of the festival.

Swami Sivananda Recommends 

On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected 
with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta 
period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the 
prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet 
pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all 
the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. 
Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. 
Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house. Feel His Presence in it. 

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that 
it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord. This really means 
avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and 
who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day. 

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for 
inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your 

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He 
remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path! 
May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as 

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