Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja
September 11, 2010 by staff
Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja, Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration Pooja 2010: Happy Ganesh Charturthi All Hindus “Today, September 11, 2001, Hindus celebrate the festival of Ganesh Charturhi. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturthi is the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, both Hindu gods, which is believed to give his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of the festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is a celebration of 10 days and is observed in the Hindu calendar month Bhaadrapada, from the Shukla Chaturthi, the fourth day of the waxing moon period. Although celebrated throughout India, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is more elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Outside of India, is celebrated widely in Nepal, and in using Fiji Indians.
In India, two or three months before the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, artistic clay models of Lord Ganesha are specially made for sale by skilled artisans. Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and specially erected temporary structures called mandapas by location. These mandapas stand by the people or society or locality by collecting monetary contributions.
After the erection of statues of Ganesh, the priest usually wearing dresses with red silk dhoti and shawl invokes the statue to life chanting mantras. This Hindu ritual called Pranapratishhtha. After this the ritual called Shhodashopachara still in coconut, brown sugar, 21 Modak, 21 durva (trefoil) blades of grass and red flowers are offered. Ganesh statue is then anointed with red unguent, typically Kumkum & Sandalwood paste. Throughout the ceremony, the Vedic hymns of the Rig Veda, the Ganapati Atharva Upanishad Shirsha, and Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana are chanted.
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