There are many temples of Lord Ganesha in India and around the world. He removes all hindrances, obstacles and problems from his devotees’ life. Paying tribute to Ganesha is very simple. The easiest ritual can be done by giving Archana (worship) to the God. Ensure that you take nuts and fruits along with you to the sanctum place for Archana. During worship, the priest of Ganesha’s temple chants his different names.
Worship of Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ or ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’. The festival is celebrated on the birthday (re-birth) of Lord Ganesha, the youngest son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva. The festival is observed as per Hindu calendar on Bhadra between August and September. It is mostly celebrated in Maharashtra, a western state of India. The festival lasts for ten days and its last day is ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.
Grand Celebration on Ganesh Chaturthi
A vivid clay model of Ganesha is created in two – three months before Ganesh Chaturthi. The size of Ganesh’s idol may vary from 3 – 4 inches to over 20 feet.
After decorating the idol, people place it on the high platform like a stage or in their homes. They pay a great homage to it. The pandit (priest) commonly wears a dhoti, mostly of the red color and covers himself under a shawl. He tries to invoke life into the Ganesha’s idol amid chanting special mantras. The ritual is known as ‘pranapratishhtha’.
The next ritual is ‘shhodashopachara’. Some of the things that are offered to the God include red flowers, coconut, flour and rice, ‘durva’, jaggery and ‘modakas’. To anoint the idol, the priest use rakta chandan (sandal paste) or red unguent. Throughout the ritual, hymns are chanted by people from the Narada Purana, Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, the Rig Veda and Ganesha stotra.
Lord Ganesha is adored for all the ten days from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi. On the eleventh day, the idol is taken through most of the streets that come on the way to nearby the river or sea.
All men, women and children join together shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya” meaning – Oh father Lord Ganesha, come once again early on the upcoming year. People sing and dance whole the way and then immerse it to the river/sea so that the God can start the journey to his home in Kailash.
I wish Shi Ganesha will keep on blessing you and remove all obstacles from your path! Jai Shi Ganesha!