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Ganesh Chaturthi or Sri Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat is celebrated on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of Shuklapaksha in Bhadrapadmaas occurring on the Wednesday of August 31, 2022.
Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat is mainly performed by all the Hindus seeking the benevolence of Ganapati. They pray for the freedom from troubles known as Vighnas (breaks or difficulties) that could haunt their work, profession or business. Puranas mention that, Ganapati is always offered prayers before the beginning of any activity, as this was the boon given by Lord Brahma. He said giving the boon to Lord Ganapati, that “Whoever begins work without offering prayers to Vighneshwar shall suffer from difficulties hither to unbeknownst!”
Ganesh Pooja or Ganesh Chaturthi Festival:
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is also known as Sri Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat. In Telugu speaking regions it is Ganesha Chavithi (గణేశ చవితి). In Kannada, Ganesha Chauti (ಗಣೇಶ ಚೌತಿ). Read on further to learn more about Ganesha celebrations.
Ganesh is the favorite son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
The names Ganesh or Ganapati or Ganadhipati mean that he is the figure head for Ganas, the followers and worshippers of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The beginning of Ganesh is a very curious story. Once, when Lord Shiva was away on a campaign, Paravti wanted to take bath. However as there was no one around, she took some clay (it is said she used Snanachurnam) and made a baby boy and breathed life into him. She asked the boy not to let anyone into the house till she came back from her bath. He agreed and demanded something to eat while guarding. Parvati gave him some modaks (sweet dish).
When Shiva returned from his campaign, all tired and wanted to get into his abode for rest, he was stopped by the boy set up by Parvati. After the negotiations failed between Shiva and the boy, a swift battle ensued and Shiva cut off the boy’s head.
Paravti flew into a fit of rage and sadness seeing the boy’s head cut off, and threatened to destroy everything. Shiva pacified her promising to bring the boy to life.
Ganesha gets the Elephant-Head
He ordered his Ganas to bring the head of the first living body sleeping with head to north. They returned with the head of an elephant. Shiva attached the head of the elephant to the boy and made him come alive. Shiva and other gods decided to give some additional boons to this elephant head boy and made him the figure-head and called him Ganapati.
This is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. More Leelas by Ganapati can be learnt from Ganesha Puranam.
How did Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat come into practice?
Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat finds mention in Skanda Puranam. It explains how Yudhishthir learnt about this Vrat from Shaunakadi Munis when he was in Vanvaas with his brothers and Draupadi. Skanda Puranam also mentions how many others including Lord Krishna benefitted by performing this Vratham.
Why do Ganesh Chauti Vrat Pooja?
Lord Brahma and many other gods and goddesses gave many boons to Ganesha. Brahma said giving the boon to Lord Ganapati, that “Whoever begins work without offering prayers to Vighneshwar shall suffer from difficulties hither to unbeknownst!” Saraswati gave him all the Vidya and made him Vidyadhipati. Vishnu gave him Ashta Siddhis. He was called Pramathadhipa and offered the first worship before any other.
Ganesh Chauti or Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat is being observed on Sept 10, 2021.
How to Celebrate Ganesh Chauti Vrat and Pooja?
Ganesh Chauti Vrat and Pooja is celebrated for the well-being of family members. An image of Lord Ganesh in gold, silver or clay is used for performing the Vrat-Puja. Some observe a Vrat (keeping a fast) on this occasion for the health, progress, well-being, prosperity, to beget children and so on.
Benefits of Performing Ganesh Chathurthi Puja
- Good health, wealth, fame, fortune and prosperity
- Protects you and your family from evil forces
- Promotes life in peace and harmony
- Eliminates financial problems and bestow wealth and profits in business
- Helps you attain inner peace and fulfill your material desires
How to perform Ganesh Chaturthi Puja?
Preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja:
As Ganesh Chauti puja is being performed on Sunday this 2022, you can start preparing for the pooja on the eve by readying all required Pooja Samagri and preparing the place of the pooja. Wash all pooja vessels, pooja Kalash, brass or silver lamps, apply Kumkum on the lamps and set aside all required Pooja Dravya (Puja items).
Ganesh pooja decorations:
A Mantap (Altar) is built in the eastern or North-eastern (Known as Eshanya) part of the living area in the house.
Decorate the puja altar with Rangoli, Peetham (seating for the gods), Thoranam (with mango leaves) and small plantain stems on the sides. Preparations are done for the pooja Prasadam. Decorate the peetham with silk cloth, flowers etc. Place the Ganesha idol on the peetham.
Traditionally people decorate the idol Jewellery and decorative garlands. Some even use actual gold jewels to decorate the idol.
As per tradition, a pooja is offered to lord Ganadhipati made of turmeric or cow dung, prior to the beginning of any festival or major Pooja. Hence a small pyramid of turmeric is placed in front of the main image of Ganesha and worshipped.
Arati is offered to Ganesh. Dance and music are performed singing glory of Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat Pooja Samagri List
- Kumkum and Turmeric powder
- Rangoli (colored rice flour)
- Peetha to place the Idol (a wooden plank or decorative metal plate)
- Mango leaves for Kalasham and a few Banana leaves for offerings
- Rice (to spread over the peetha)
- One Kalasham (Silver, bronze or copper)
- Scented Water (scented with Jathikai, Cardamom, Saffron, camphor, Cloves, all mixed in the water)
- One coconut for kalasha and few more for thamboolam
- Sandalwood paste (Chandan)
- Akshatha (Raw rice coated with turmeric)
- Gold/silver/clay idol of Ganesh
- Flowers and garland
- Betel leaves, Betel nut, Banana
- Unprocessed cow milk, dry fruits & nuts
- Fruits ( five seasonal varieties)
- Panchamritam (a mixture of fruits,milk, curd, honey, jaggary, dry fruits, nuts and ghee)
- Naivedyam (Sweet dishes, Modaks, sweet appam (based on your tradition)
What is Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat?
Varasiddhi Vinayak Vrat or Ganesh Chauti is the festival, performed by all the Hindus seeking the benevolence of Ganapati. They pray for the freedom from troubles known as Vighnas (breaks or difficulties) that could haunt their work. It is an important pooja performed by many in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh.
Varasiddhi Vinayak pooja is being celebrated on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022.
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FAQ on Ganesh Chaturthi Puja
How to do Ganesh Chaturthi Puja?
For doing a simple pooja: Light the lamp, keep some naivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Ganesh Ashtothram (108 verses) or Ganesh Gayitri Mantra. Offer worship for the best grace and benevolence of Lord Ganesh. Married couples or Brahmins are invited to this pooja and the Vayanam, Thamboolam and prasadam are offered to them seeking their blessings.
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Why do Ganesh Chauti Pooja?
Ganesh Chauti Pooja is performed to pray for the freedom from troubles known as Vighnas (breaks or difficulties) that could haunt work. Puranas mention that, Ganapati is always offered prayers before the beginning of any activity.
When should we do Ganesh Chauti Pooja?
Every year Ganesh Chauti Pooja is observed in fourth day (Chaturthee) of Shuklapaksha in Bhadrapad month.
How can we do Ganesh pooja at home?
For doing a simple pooja: Light the lamp, keep some naivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Ganesha Ashtottaram or Ganesh Gayitri Mantra. Offer worship with Nivedan for the best grace and benevolence of Lord Ganesh. A simple Bhog of cooked chickpeas is a favorite of Ganapati. Distribute the Vayanam, Thamboolam and prasadam by inviting couples, bramins and friends to your house.
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