Monday, September 20, 2010

Ganesh Puja

Ganesh Puja

While Lord Ganesh Puja or Ganesh Chaturthi is well-known celebration for all Indians, for the Maharashtra state, the event is a very special occasion that the Hindus in the state celebrate the event contentedly.

Throughout the little days of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, magnificently shaped Ganesh idols are set up in the Mandaps (pandals or tents) that are luxuriously decorated, depicting spiritual themes or present events. There are huge public displays of Lord Ganesh idols with Aarti and loud music and dancing by the devotees. This movement is most well-liked in the cities Bombay and Pune
The Puja can still be an easy one carried out with family members inside the household and to the accompaniment of a cassette of Shri Ganesh mantras, or an elaborate one, involving a priest who would arrive home and achieve the puja. 'Modak' is the most well-known and most typical food preparation of Ganesh Chaturthi revels in the state of Maharashtra. The sweet that made in the southern parts of India slightly differs and the name of the particular sweet made on this special event here is Kozhukattai (Tamil) and this have special names in further states of South India.

As long as the Ganesh idol is at home, Aarti is perform morning and evening (dusk, or at the hour when artificial lamps are lighted in the house). At the equal time, all the members present throw Kumkum on the idol.

After the Aarti, flowers, grass (in south India) Haldi (turmeric powder), sandal and Kumkum are presented to the women, and Prasad (made of dried desiccated coconut mixed through castor sugar) is distributed to all those present. Throughout Ganesh Chaturthi, Aarti is performed five or more times to the Ganesh idol, followed by Vitthal, Shankar (Shiva), Devi (Parvati) and Dattatreya (Kartikeya).

Lord Ganesha as their tutelary deity repeats this Mantra or Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha.

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