Ganesha Chaturthi: 10 rituals and Vidhi Pooja you should do
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There are different prayers to Lord Ganesha for different festivals and each has a specific ritual that must be followed closely. In order to be able to do that, one needs a better understanding of the rituals. As a devotee it is expected that one must have the ability to be partake in these rituals in the correct manner.
The Lord Ganesha rituals start with using different auspicious items. For most Lord Ganesha prayers tulsi leaves are always used. Tulsi is a herb believed to be very auspicious. The priest performs many different kinds of worshiping acts to please the Lord Ganesha. The rituals contain a lot of mantras to be chanted, followed by 16 steps of Lord Ganesha worshiping. These 16 steps are the most important rituals of Lord Ganesha prayers. You have to know them and understand them well first.
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The 16 steps start with calling Lord Ganesha to come to earth and join the holy ritual with his devotees. The feet of Lord Ganesha are then washed with water, filled with rose petals and then dried with soft towels. The lord is then offered cold water, with specially scented ingredients that is prepared following the rules of Ganesha pooja. The participants, including the priest, then drink the water from their palms to purify their soul.
The next step is the most important one for the ritual. The lord is then bathed with specially prepared water. The water is purified with holy ghee, sugar, honey and many more things.
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The lord is then offered special clothes. These can be of different types, depending on the beliefs of the devotees, but a bright orange coloured dhoti is common. The holy janoi is wrapped around Lord Ganesha’s shoulders, scented holy items are rubbed on his body and colourful, sweet scented flowers are offered to Lord Ganesha.
Then the scented incense sticks are lit up to fill the entire place with an auspicious smell. Mud lamps filled with ghee are lit up and fruits and sweets are offered to the Ganesha idol. Paan, made with different ingredients, is then dripped in rose water and offered to Lord Ganesha. The Lord Ganesha prayer rituals end with the devotees presenting a coin to the priest.
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The devotees then gather around the statue of Lord Ganesha and repeat the prayers the priest chants. These prayers are to be chanted together. After the prayers to Lord Ganesha are complete, the devotees eat the left over fruits and sweets of Lord Ganesha, which is known as prasad.
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Knowing about the rituals involved in the Ganesha Pooja Vidhi will help you to complete the pooja in the right manner. During Ganesha Chaturthi, the whole Ganesha worshipping community celebrates for ten days before immersing the idol water. In every home, rituals are performed to appease this all-powerful deity so that he blesses the whole family.
In most poojas, a priest is asked to perform the pooja. It is also possible to perform the ceremony on your own provided you know the correct rituals. During the time Ganesha also known as Bappa remains in the house, he is pampered and a great deal is made around him. His statue is surrounded with decorations, a plethora of offerings and the Vidhi of worship.
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Every pooja ceremony usescertain ingredients so one can complete it in a successful manner. It is the same with Ganesh worship. Some of the things that are needed are: a beautiful idol to be worshiped, red coloured flowers, laddus (Ganesha’s favourite sweets), sandalwood, incense sticks, coconuts, various fruits, a platform for the idol, the decorations related to it and sweets which are made from dates, coconut, poppy seeds and sugar powder.
Once you have all the things at hand, it is time to recite the various chants which are relevant to this worship. The hymns repeated during the ceremony are taken from the Rig Veda, Narada Purana and the Upanishads.
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After the ten days of worship is over, on the 11th day the idol of Lord Ganesh is removed from its perch. It is then carried through the streets of the neighbourhood before being taken for immersion in the river or the sea. The ceremony of Visarjan or immersion of the idol in the water signifies the return journey of the deity to his abode in Kailash. For it is believed that Lord Ganesha leaves his abode for ten days to live amidst his people. And that is the time of Ganesha Chaturthi.
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The worshippers hope that their Ganesha will take all the worries away and leaves them happy and relaxed till the coming year.
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The Vidhi of the Ganesha Pooja is basically hassle free and involves lots of jubilation and the coming together of the family members. Ganesha will only step into a house that is spotless.
And so before the pooja begins every homeis swept and all the debris removed. While the Vinayak Chaturthi festival is celebrated throughout India, it is mainly celebrated with great pomp and acclaim in Maharashtra.