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Vinayaka Chaturthi Pooja Vidhanam
Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. Ganesha or Ganapati is an extremely popular and powerful God. He is called Vighneshvara or Vighnaharta, the Lord of and destroyer of obstacles.
The auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated this year on August 22
Puja Timings and Shubh Muhurat
Ganesha Puja Muhurat: 11:05 am to 01:41 pm (August 22)
Chaturthi tithi begins: 11:02 am (August 21)
Chaturthi tithi ends: 07:57 pm (August 22)
Ganesh Visarjan on September 1
Time to avoid Moon sighting: 09:06 am to 09:25 pm (September 1)
Place a fresh piece of red cloth on a wooden platform and make sure the Lord’s idol is placed there carefully. Meanwhile, light a lamp and incense sticks. Invoke Lord Ganesha in the idol and worship him.
Do remember that if your idol is made of Pancha Dhatu (a mixture of five metals) then, perform the Abhishekham with Panchamrit (made of banana/fruits, milk, curd, ghee and sugar/honey).
After the Abhishekham, wipe the Ganpati idol with a fresh piece of cotton cloth.
You can offer mouli (sacred thread) or a small piece of new cloth (preferably yellow) to the deity. Then put a Janeyu around his torso (make sure it rests on his left shoulder and diagonally goes around his body under the right shoulder. Later add a tika with haldi and kumkum on his forehead.
Offer red hibiscus or any other flower to the idol. Also, offer Durva grass (special green grass) during the puja.
You can recite the Ganesha Moola Mantra and offer Modak, fresh fruits (Guava, Pomegranate, Orange, Apple and Pear), Bananas, Coconut, Paan and Supari to the Lord.
Pray to him with folded hands and closed eyes, seeking his divine blessings.
Sing the Ganpati Aarti to conclude the puja.