Ganesh Chaturthi is popularly known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is a most auspicious Hindu festival, which commemorates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This day marks the start of the ten-day Ganesh celebrations. So, devotees usually keep the idol of Lord Ganesha inside their home and, ten days later, immerse it in the holy river. This Hindu festival arrives on the Krishna Paksha’s Chaturthi of Bhadrapada month. This year, this festival falls in the second week of September. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the worshipper performs Ganesh Puja before placing the idol during the auspicious hour. Be with us to know more about Vinayaka Chaturthi and Ganesh Sthapana vidhi.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 Date and Time
|Ganesh Chaturthi 2021||10th September 2021 - Friday|
|Muhurat Chaturthi Begins:||12:18 AM on 10th Sep, 2021|
|Muhurat Chaturthi Ends:||09:57 PM on 10th Sep, 2021|
|Puja Muhurat Time:||10:19 AM to 12:48 PM|
|Date For Ganesha Visarjan:||19th September 2021 - Sunday|
How Devotees celebrate Ganesh Utsav?
On this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees perform numerous pujas and install Lord Ganesha’s idol in their home to appease the Elephant Lord. They clean up the entire house days before the starting of the 10-day Ganesha Utsav and then bring the idol of Ganesha to their home. Devotees with their family members organize puja and aarti while placing diyas and incense sticks. Some of them install the huge idol of Ganesha and cover it with a large piece of cloth. They unveil the Ganesha’s idol only during the Puja vidhi on the day of Vinayagar Chathurthi.
Before placing the idol of Ganesha, some raw rice, a betel nut, turmeric, kumkum is offered on it. Thereafter, one of the devotees showers fresh flowers on the idol while singing the devotional songs. Other than that, flowers, durva, modak, coconut, red sandalwood, and incense sticks are kept before the idol. Later on, they perform aarti and bhajan kirtan with the family and seek Ganesha’s blessings.
Legend of Vinayagar Chathurthi
According to the legend of the Puranas, Ganesha was born on Chaturthi. When the freedom movement was in full swing in the country, Lokmanya Tilak led the Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra with the aim of creating awareness among the people. Later, this festival started becoming popular across the country. From Ganesh Chaturthi, the establishment of Ganesha started from house to house till the day of Anant Chaturdashi. The Ganeshotsav, which began on Chaturthi in different parts of the country, including Indore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, ends with the immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha in the holy river.
According to the Hindu myths, Goddess Parvati made an idol out of clay and later blessed it with life. As a result, Lord Ganesha came into existence. Soon, one day when Ganesha was guarding the cave, and Maa Parvati was taking a bath, Lord Shiva reached there. Ganesha was instructed by Maa Parvati not to let anyone inside, so Young Lord Ganesha stopped Lord Shiva from moving ahead, and therefore, Lord Shiva got angry. The situation became such that Shiva severed Ganesha’s head using his trident. Observing this, Maa Paravati threatened to destroy the universe. To calm her anger, Lord Shiva put the head of an elephant on Young Ganesha and instructed all the deities to worship him before starting any auspicious work.
Why is the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is Celebrated for Ten days?
The ancient mythological texts suggest that organizing Ganesh Chaturthi Festival for ten consecutive days is related to Mahabharata. According to the religious texts, when Ved Vyas received the knowledge of Mahabharata, and to give it in a written form, he needed a great scholar who could write the pronunciation of his words in the same way. This was because he was not able to take a rest while speaking. Otherwise, that knowledge of Mahabharata would disappear.
To deal with such a situation, Lord Ganesha was the most suitable deity in the three worlds. He accepted the request of Ved Vyas and wrote Mahabharata continuously for ten days from Shukla Chaturthi to Chaturdashi of Bhadrapada month. But due to continuous writing for ten days, his body temperature rose extremely. So Ved Vyas made Ganesha bathe in the nearby pool, and his body temperature was back to normal. Due to this incident of Ved Vyas and Mahabharata, we celebrate this Ganesh Utsav for ten days, and after ten days, the idol of Ganesha is immersed into the nearby water or lake.
Steps to perform Vinayaka Chavithi Pooja
- Before starting Puja vidhi, clean the area near your home temple.
- Place an idol of Ganesha into the temple.
- Now, lit up the diya and incense sticks.
- Keep chanting ‘Om Gana Ganapataye Namah’ while performing prayers.
- Offer prasad of Ladoos and betel leaf.
- Conclude your Puja by distributing prasad to other devotees.
How Ganesh Pooja helps you get rid of Bad Impacts of Planets?
In terms of Vedic astrology, Lord Ganesha helps individuals to remove the malefic effects of any bad planets. It is believed that if there is any defect related to the planet Sun, then white Mandar flowers should be offered to Lord Ganesha. Also, Pouring milk on the idol of Lord Ganesha may give strength to the weak Moon. Similarly, planets like Mercury, Jupiter and Venus give favourable results if the natives please the Lord by chanting Ganesha Mantras. Besides, Lord Ganesha helps the natives in removing Mangal Dosha. Those who are suffering from Shani dosha should bow down to the black idol of Lord Ganesha to get relief from the harmful effects of Shani. Or else, one can go to visit the nearby Ganesha temple. Moreover, you can get our astrologers online to reduce the effects of Navagraha related doshas.
On this festival we wish you a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi in advance. May Lord Ganesha keep blessing you and your family.