Ganesh Puja is performed at the beginning of every auspicious
occasion or undertaking. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess
Parvati, and is born from the union of Shiva and Shakti – the most
powerful union of the cosmos. He is the one of the most ardently
worshipped God who adopts a human body with an elephant face. Ganapati,
Sumukha, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Lambkarna, Kapila are few of the other
names he is known by.
Significance of Ganesh Puja
There are so many legends around Lord Ganesha. The most fabled one is
about how he got the elephant head. Shiva was away, meditating on Mount
Kailash and Parvati was left alone in Himalayas. Here she created a
human form with her own skin upon her friend’s advice to have someone
safeguard her. She named him Vinayaka and also breathed life into him.
She instructed him to stand at the door and safeguard their home while
she was inside. When Shiva returned, Vinayaka confronted him and did not
allow him to go inside. Shiva lost his cool and beheaded Vinayaka in a
fit of rage. Parvati was left in despair after the incident. To console
her, Shiva asked his Ganas to get the head of a first living creature
with his head in north direction. The Ganas came back with the head of a
baby elephant. Shiva joined the baby elephant’s head over Vinayaka's
body with his divine powers and announced him the Head of the Ganas
clan; hence, he came to be known as Ganesha. To further assure Parvati,
Shiva along with Lord Brahma’s consent announced that Ganesha would be
ardently worshipped by one. He presented Ganesha with a boon that people
will henceforth worship him before worshiping any other God or beginning
any auspicious activity. Ganesha is also known for his intelligence and
wisdom that removes the darkness around and provides enlightenment.
Ganesh Puja Vidhi
Anyone can perform a normal Ganesh Puja at home, which does not
involve too many ritualistic steps.
Take a clean bath and wear clean clothes.
Prep the place of worship by cleaning it.
Place an idol of Lord Ganesha on a betel leaf that is placed on a
wooden low-lying table. Make sure you bathe Lord Ganesha’s idol with
water and Panchamrut before you place it.
Apply Kumkum Tilak on his forehead. Offer Akshta. Place Durva grass
at his feet and offer Hibiscus flower to him.
Place a plate of Bhog along with Fruits and Prasad while you light a
ghee Diya in front of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is also fond of Modak which
can be offered to him as Prasad.
Close your eyes and chant mantras for Ganesh Avahana to witness and
accept the Puja.
Chant 108 names of Lord Ganesha to invoke him and seek his blessings
While performing the Puja on the day of Ganesh Chathurti, one should
not look at moon to avoid a bad omen.
Mantras to Chant
Om Gam Ganpataye Namah |
Meaning: I bow to the almighty Ganapati who is the first
amongst all the gods, with all our devotion
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu
Meaning:O the one with a majestic curved trunk, a massive form
who radiates the shine of the million suns, I bow to you and pray to
remove the obstacles from all my undertakings always.
Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gum
Ganapataye, Vara Varad Sarvajan Janmay Vashamanaye Swaha, Tatpurushaye
Vidmahe Vakratundaye Dhimahi Tanno Danti Prachodyat , Om Shantih Shantih
Information:This is a Beej Mantra which is a source of
everything in the world