Posted on September 15, 2015 at 2:10 AM

Lord Vinayaka, Ganesh ji, Ganpati ji, Vinayaka is the darling of the masses. Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religion, caste and creed together.


The Ganesh Chaturthi 2015 Puja Muhurut to bring the Vigraha / Idol home is during the Shubh, Labh or Amrit Choghadiya.

If you want to bring Ganpati ji one day before.


On the 24th August,2017, the Labh time is between Good Muhurta, 10:13 - 11:55, 11:55 - 14:18, 14:18 - 16:20. Ganpati ji can also be brought home during the Shubh time . The Muhurut for evening time would be the Labh time which is between 17:54 - 19:11 Good Muhurta.


Madhyahna Ganesha Puja Time = 11:40 to 14:19, Duration = 2 Hours 39 Mins

On 24th, Time to Avoid Moon Sighting = 09:57 to 21:34 Duration = 11 Hours 37 Mins

Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 09:57 on 24th/SAugust/2017

Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 10:01 on 25/Aug/201



The Ganesh Staphna (installation of the Idol) on Ganesh Chaturthi day,


i.e. on 17th September 2015 can be done at Char time between 11:02 and 12:33 or Shubh Time

i.e. between 06:30 and 08:01. Ganesh Pooja is preferred during Madhyanhana on Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahana Kaal which is between 12:33 and 15:35.

The Muhurut time specified above is the best Muhurut to perform the Ganesh Puja and to perform any work.


Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.

On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colorful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach.


This is one of the most popular festivals in the Country. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.


Ganpati, the god of wisdom and the benevolent deity of the dynasty of Peshwas who ruled Maharashtra inculcating a special culture in the state. Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of all.


Wish you a Happy and a Blessed Ganesh Chaturthi 2015!


Ganpati Bappa Morya!!


• Suparis (7)

• Paan Leaves (For Kalash) (5)

• Coconuts (3)

• Paint Brush of Big Size to clean Murti daily (1)

• Rice (uncooked/kacha)

• Fresh Flowers

• Red Pooja Dhaga (Raksha Kavach) To tie on wrists after Staphna

• Attar (Perfumed Oil)

• Black Thread (Make Ganesh ji wear before bringing Him home

• Banana Leaves (Kele che khamb)

• Durva, Bhel Patra

• Diya Wicks

• Prasad (Modaks)

• Fresh Fruits

• Plan decoration ahead. You may need Tables, White spreadsheets, plastic sheets

• Charge video+picture camera (buy mini dv's+blank cd's if required)

• Floral Ideas (Torans for outside home, table of Ganesh ji, flower mala for Ganesh ji

• Measuring Tape (To keep record of Murti Size)






Shringar Samaan

• Mukut

• Mala / Maitri

• Hand / Arm Bracelets

• Vastra - For Ganesh ji

• Vastra - To cover Sandli before seating Ganesh ji

• Vastra - To cover Ganeshji while bringing Him home if brought one day before Ganesh Chaturthi

Pooja Samaan

• Haldi, Pinjar, Abhil, Gulal, Ashtaghand, Sindoor, Chandan

• Camphor tablets, Dhoop, Aggarbatti

• Honey

• Khadi-Sakhar

• Cotton

• Akhrot (5), Badaam (5), Khareek (5)

• Jaggery

• Matchbok

• Ganga jal


The following information will give you all the details on the vidhis and the procedures to Bring Ganpati Home on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.


A majority of people prefer to bring Him home one day prior to the day of Chaturthi. I too, recommend you the same.


Be sure to Carry the following when you leave to bring Him:

• Aggarbatti

• Dhoop

• Aarti Thaali

• Matchbox

• Supari - 1 no.

• Paan Leaf - 1 no.

• Cloth to Cover Murti

• Cloth to keep on sandli / paath*

• Sandli* (also referred to as chaurang or paath)


The Sandli (often made of wood) makes it easier to carry Ganesh Murti.

Performing the vidhis / rituals:


Light the Aggarbatti and dhoop in the Aarti Thaali.


Saying 'Om Gan Ganpatiye Namah' place the Paan Leaf with a Supari resting on top of it on the floor in front of the Sandli. Also place some dakshina for the people who have artistically created the beautiful Murti.

Take His name, and pray for the festival to be a blessed one!


If you are bringing Him home one day earlier, cover the Murti's face with a vastra. Only open this on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi during Staphna.


You are ready to leave. Take Him Home! - Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

(Leave the paan, supari and dakshina at the place behind)


Do not forget to bring the Aarti Thaali back home with you.


Before entering Home with the Murti, ask a family member to bring a bowl of rice. Shower the rice (kacha rice) on Him before bringing Him inside.


On the day of Chaturthi, Before placing Him on his Sthaan, place some kacha rice, on it rest a Supari, Haldi, KumKum, Abhil and Dakshina.

The following information will give you all the details on the vidhis and the procedures to Performing Ganesh Staphma on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the most colorful and widely celebrated festivals in India. Large numbers of people observe Ganesha Chaturthi poojas at home. Whereas most people prefer to call pundits home on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi to perform the Ganehs Staphna, majority of the people also prefer to perform the rituals by them-selves with sampurna bhavna and prem.


Here is an explanation on how to perform Ganesha pooja and Staphna at home as mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

The pooja can be led by any one of the family members and others should join in. God worship is enjoyed by everyone. Pooja means the traditional ceremony by which God is worshipped. However, the devotion is the indispensable part of any pooja, by which, even simple gestures and poojas are like sacred rituals.


Before entering the shrine room, all the attendees should take bath, dress in clean clothes and bring a small offering of flowers or fruits. Generally fruits offered are bananas, mangos, sweet limes, pomegranates and jackfruit.


Firstly, Prepare the kalash: take a kalash and fill it with clean drinking water, add to the water 1 supari, Rs. 1, 25 paise coins, haldi and kumkum, some attar (perfume oil), place 5 paan leaves, and finally the coconut. Decorate the coconut and the paan leaves with haldi and kumkum.


Next, prepare the sthaan where Ganpati will sit. Do that by spreading a handful of kacha rice grains on the place. Over the rice grains, place one supaari and put haldi and kumkum on the supari. Over that place some dakshina. Reciting "Ganpati Bappa Moriya", we must place the Ganpati Idol over this preparation.


The worship begins with the "Sthapana" (establishment) of the idol. 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.


Then recite the following mantra:

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)



Once the Idol has been stapith, you must spread 5 paan leaves.

Over each of the paan leaf, keep 1 supari each, then put haldi and kumkum.

Having done that, place 1 akhrot, 1 badaam, and 1 khareek each on each paan leaf.

After that place the five different fruits, one over each paan leaf.


You are now ready for lifting the cover of Ganesh Ji. (If you bring Ganpati home one day prior, we cover Him with decorative vastra). You can life the vastra now chanting Ganpati Bappa Moriya!


After lifting the vastra, you must remove the black dhaaga. Clean the Murti with a dry paint brush.





Offer Him the shringar in form of the Mukut, Mala/Maitri, Bracelets, Vastra For Murti. Put a garland of fresh flowers over Ganpati Bappa.


Offer and put on His forehead, haldi, pinjar, abhil, gulal, ashtagandh and sindhoor. Also offer His vahan, undhir mama, the Mouse.


Offer Ganpati Bappa and undhir mama (mouse), the prasad which is His favourite, the Modaks. The recipe for the Modaks can be found here. These can be made at home or can also be bought from out. For people residing out of India, you can find a very easy recipe on our website on the link mentioned above.


Keep a red pooja dhaga next to Ganpati Bappa, this can later be tied on hands of all family members after the First Aarti.


Once the 'Pranpratishtha' is done, then you need to light the lamp and incense sticks to please the 'God'.

After this you have to perform the ' Shhodashopachara ', which are 16 forms of paying tribute to Shree Ganesha. (This ritual is usually performed by the priests, you can skip this.)


Here you offer 21 Druva grass blades, 21 Modakas, and Flowers to Ganesha. You need to apply a Tikka of red Sandalwood paste on the forehead of the Deity and keep the coconut along with the idol.

Offer 21 blades of Druva Grass.

Offer 21 modaks

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).

The number 21 signifies - the five organs of perception, five organs of action, five vital airs (pranas), five elements, and the mind.


Using a Diya wick, make and light the Akhand Jyot (the diya), and the aarti thaali is to be lit which can have the agarbattis, dhoop, (insense and fragrance) and camphor tablets to be lit during Aarti


The Shahad and khadi shakar should be offered to Ganpati

One can also offer chandan now

Keep the prasad you have prepared in front of Ganesh Ji, sprinkle with ganga jal

You can also recite the 108 salutations dedicated to Lord Ganesha or read the Ganesha Upanishad or just simply pray.


You are ready for the Aarti! You can sing Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh and Sukh Karta Dukh Harta.


After the Aarti, the family members should gather in front of Ganesh Ji, keep a coconut next to Him and say, "Dear Ganesh Ji, we welcome you to our home. In our offer of prayers, incase we have committed any mistakes, knowingly or unknowingly, kindly forgive us. We pray on behalf of all of us to make this Chaturthi a blessed one. Keep us all happy and healthy always". You are welcome to add your prayers here. PLEASE NOTE: It is essential to ask for forgiveness at this time while placing the coconut. On the day of the visarjan, this coconut should also be immersed in the water.


You can also tape-record this entire Staphna for your memory with the Mini DV cassettes.


Thereafter, all of the family members bow down to Ganesha and ask for God's blessings to fulfill all their desire.


While performing Ganesha Pooja 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.

Pooja Explanation


Hindu Rituals involve the Pancha/Five Upacharas/offerings. They are namely;


Gandham (Fragrance) in the form of white or red Sandalwood paste,


Dhupam (Lighting of Incense Sticks),


Deepam (Lighting of Oil or ghee Lamps)


Naivedyam (Sanctified Offerings of fruits, sweetmeats etc.) and Modak and Motichoor Ladoos


Pushpam (Pushpa-Flowers). The Hibiscus or the Shoe flower is a favorite of the Lord. Dhurva Grass malas are also quite popular.



Coconut for Vinayaka Chaturthi

Before beginning any pooja, these materials should be kept handy. Take a bath, cleanse yourself and then stand with folded hands in front of the deity and offer all the above. Wet whole coconut (peeled off the exterior husk) but with a small stalk of husk on the top symbolizes the Bramhin or purest offering to the Lord. Breaking of this coconut or the act of 'Chadur Thenga' means that we smash our egos in front of the Lord and submit our soft white inner self at his feet.


What items are favorites of the Lord:


Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi-Vinayakar Chavithi


Modak: The Lord Ganesha has a special liking for the sweet dumplings- Modak/Kozhukattai and Laddoo. Ganesha's mother Parvati made tasty modaks for Her son, hence he is especially fond of them.


Durva: (Three blade grass, Trefoil) is also offered to Ganesh. There are many interesting facts relating to why Durva is offered. Once Ganesha destroyed a demon called Analan , by swallowing him. The demon went inside and burnt the 14 worlds situated inside Ganesha, thus causing enormous heat. Ganesha searched for Durva Grass and wore it as a garland to nullify the heat inside. Durva is a substance known to create heat and by the principles of two negatives make things positive, the heat was quenched. Durva/Dhurva Grass is therefore used as a supreme offering in Ganesha Puja. Make a dhurva garland by combining several dhurvas together and tying them in a mala/garland for the Lord.


Shoe flower/Hibiscus: First of all, the red color of the flower is a personal favorite of the Lord and then the Hibiscus-Shoe flower-Red in color is Ganesha s favorite

5 petals of the Hibiscus denotes the warding of negative energy and the welcome of the positive energy into the Universe. On a more practical level, it is the seasonal flower of the Bhadrapad month of the monsoons, hence our ancients have advocated this particular flower. Especially the color red is highly auspicious.


What is the Angaaraka Ganesh Chathurthi?


The fourth thithi of each moon phase is known as Chathurthi. Chathur = four. 24 to 25 Chathurthis occur each year. When the Chathurthi thithi occurs on a Tuesday, it s known as Angaaraka Chathurthi in recognition of Sri Angaaraka, the Vaara(weekly- Mars-Chevvaai-Mangal) devata for Tuesday who performed special pooja for Lord Ganesh.


When praying to Lord Vignaharta, the following stuti should be sung.


Ganesha Stuti (Praises to the Lord Ganesha) Agajanana padmarkam gajananam aharnisham Anek dantham bhaktanam yekadantham upasmaheth ||1|| Vakratunda mahakaya koti surya samarprabha Nirvignam kurume deva sarvakareyeshu sarvada ||2|| Pranamya shirasa devam gouri puthram vinayakam Bhakthavasam smarenithyam aayuhkaamartha sidhaye ||3|| Gajananam bhootha ganadhi sevitham Kapitha jambo phala sara bhakshitam ||4|| Umasutham shokha vinashkaranam Namami vigneshwara pada pankajam ||5||










Om jai Jagdish hare

Swami jai Jagdish hare

Bhakt jano ke sankat

Das jano ke sankat

Kshan men door kare

Om jai Jagdish hare


Jo dhiave phal pave

Dukh bin se man ka

Swami dukh bin se man ka

Sukh sampati ghar ave

Sukh sampati ghar ave

Kasht mite tan ka

Om jai Jagdish hare


Mat pita tum mere

Sharan padun main kiski

Swami sharan padun main kiski

Tum bin aur na dooja

Prabhu bin aur na dooja

Aas karun main jiski

Om jai Jagdish hare


Tum puran Parmatam

Tum Antaryami

Swami tum Antaryami

Par Brahm Parmeshwar

Par Brahm Parmeshwar

Tum sabke swami

Om jai Jagdish hare


Tum karuna ke sagar

Tum palan karta

Swami tum palan karta

Main sevak tum swami

Main sevak tum swami

Kripa karo Bharta

Om jai Jagdish hare


Tum ho ek agochar

Sab ke pranpati

Swami sab ke pranpati

Kis vidh milun Gosain

Kis vidh milun Dyalu

Tum ko main gumti

Om jai Jagdish hare


Deen bandhu dukh harta

Thakur tum mere

Swami Thakur tum mere

Apne haath uthao

Apni sharani lagao

Dwar pada hoon tere

Om jai Jagdish hare


Vishay vikar mitao

Paap haro Deva

Swami paap haro Deva

Shradha bhakti badao

Shradha prem badao

Santan ki seva

Om jai Jagdish hare


Om jai Jagdish hare

Swami jai Jagdish hare

Bhakt jano ke sankat

Das jano ke sankat

Kshan men door kare

Om jai Jagdish hare



Additional Information:


When/If offering Bhog to Gajanan, please do not put onion, garlic and ginger in the food. This can be eaten or served as Preeti Bhojan and Maha Prasad among the Family Members.


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.


On day of Visarjan, the day should start with the Pooja (Morning Aarti). We sing the Jai Ganesh Deva and Sukhkarta Dukhharta Aartis. After the Aarti, it is preferred to put 'Bhog' the Holy Prasad! which should be distributed among all the family members.


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.


When it is time for Visarjan, the family members should gather once again and perform the Visarjan Aarti before leaving the house. (the same aartis as mentioned above). After the Visarjan Aarti and distributing the prasad, one of the family member should very slowly and slightly move the Ganpati Murti, about 1 inch forward. This should be done just before leaving the house abt 5-10 mins before. This is an indication / significance to Him that the family is going to take Him for Visarjan.


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.


After this, all members of the household gather to sprinkle akshat or raw rice upon the lord.

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.


Take a red cloth, put sukha nariyal (half), stuff it with jaggery and 5 different grains, tie it in a knot and tie this around Ganesh ji's hand. This is the food prepared for His journey.


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.


When the family is ready to take Ganeshji for Visarjan, the family members must pick up the Ganesh Murti and take Him around the House, mainly the master bedrooms and the kitchen so that His Holy Feet and Blessings are taken around the full house.


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 towards the immersion point.


Upon exiting the house, or the building, one family member must take a Coconut and circle on the head of the Murti three times and break the coconut on the ground and leave it aside. (this one is not to be distributed as prasad) and cane be immersed in the waters the same day.


Once done, family members can proceed to the Beach or Visarjan Spot, where once again the Aartis should be performed before finally letting Him go. This should be at the Beach, with the Murti facing infront of the waves.


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.


The Murti can then be immersed and His face can be towards the Family when taken inside the water, so you can see Him while He is going.


His Blessings will remain with you and your family, and He will take with Him away all kasht and problems and bless you and your family with Peace, Prosperity and Health.


Kindly note:

The Kalash should be taken with you to the beach, the water in the kalash and the contents should be immersed in the water. If you are bringing Ganpati home, next year then you should bring Home some Sand on the Sandli (paath on which Ganeshji Murti sits) and also bring back the Coconut of the Kalash which can be tied in a red cloth and kept in your temple and immersed the next year and the new coconut can be preserved. However, if you do not intend to bring Ganeshji home next year, you can very well immerse the coconut of the kalash along with the kalash water and other contents.


Return home and take bath.


At home, place the sandli at the spot where Ganeshji was sitting, and you can remove the decoration the next day. The supari and rice which was kept under Ganpati ji, should also be immersed the next day. The money which was kept under the sandli can be used for any Holy purpose like poor feeding etc.


The Akhand Jyot, Diya which was lit continuous, can be kept in your temple from the next day onwards. Some people choose to let it be on for 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi. That is your choice.


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.



Additional Information:

When/If offering Bhog to Gajanan, please do not put onion, garlic and ginger in the food. This can be eaten or served as Preeti Bhojan and Maha Prasad among the Family Members.

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