Dr (Pundit) Roshan Singh

At the entrance of the Home

Hang up a fresh flower garland with mango leaves at the entrance of the home.

Make a rangoli with mealie meal and coloured powders.

Draw a swastika sign on the top of the front entrance of the home.

Setting up the altar for Lord Ganesh

Make the seating arrangements for Lord Ganesh on a raised platform or the traditional puja altar of the home. Draw rangoli in front of the altar. Spread a nice red cloth on the pedestal or platform. Place the deity of Ganeshji at the puja altar.

Ganesh Puja

Light a lamp with gingelly oil or coconut oil. Light incense sticks and gather in front of the altar with the family members.

One can give a holy bath (abishek) to the deity (if the material of the deity is suitable to permit the water). You can do so using rose water, sandal paste, coconut water, honey, panchamrit, and other materials. Wipe the deity with a clean cloth after the holy bath. Decorate Ganeshji with sandal paste, vermilion, clothing, ornaments, flowers, and garlands. Chant the mantras of Ganesh and offer flowers at the feet of Ganeshji.

Offer obeisances and dandavat pranaam to the Lord and beg for his divine grace, blessings and mercy.

Some Ganesh Slokas

1) Vakra Tunda Mahakaya Koti Surya Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada

2) Om Gajaananam Bhuta Ganaadi Sevitam

Kapitta Jambuu Phala Saar Pakshitam
Umasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam

Namami Vighneshwara Paada Pankajam

3) Shuklambharadharam Vishnum Shashi Varnam Chaturbhujam

Prasanna Vadanam Dhyayet Sarva Vighnopa Shantaye.

4) Om Gam Ganapataye Namah!

Sing bhajans and do some kirtan with your family and invitees.

Conclusion of the Ganesh Chaturthi puja

Offer prasad and other dishes like modak and ladoos prepared at home for the puja. Offer coconut, fruits and other eatables you have specially brought for Ganeshji.

Conduct an aarti by offering agarbati, ghee lamp, camphor, flowers a hankie and chamara (if you have one) while you sing the Ganesh Aarti.

Seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Distribute the prasad among the family members and invitees.

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