With religious songs played on loudspeakers, sweet delicacies to feast on and celebratory mood in the atmosphere, the entire nation and majorly Maharashtra is all set to welcome Lord Ganesha on September 2, 2019, in their respective homes and pandals across Mumbai and rest of the state. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on a high scale across India; Clay idols of Ganesha are welcomed in several homes and pandals for this ten-day festival. Modak which is a favourite food item of the deity is prepared and offered on the very first day of the festival. According to reports, around 1,50,000 statues are moulded every year solely in Mumbai.
For the past few years, socially aware citizens are trying to create awareness amongst worshippers to keep eco-friendly Ganesha idols. There has been a vast change in people's attitude towards the environment too as Mumbaikars have been taking extra measures to keep their city clean during the festival. As the 10-day occasion marks a lot of festivities we bring you the exact date, perfect mahurat time and the detailed puja vidhi according to which you can please the Bappa. So get your pens and paper out and note down the details.
Festivities shall begin from September 2, 2019, and will continue till September 12, 2019. Families do keep Lord Ganesha's idol for one and a half-day, five days and seven days and for all 10 days as well.
The auspicious timings to conduct the sthapna puja on day one begins from 11:05 am and will go on till 01:36 pm in the afternoon. Hence, giving all the families good 2 hours and 31 minutes to complete their puja rituals. Also, on this day and throughout the 10 days of celebration one must not see the moon especially on the first day from 08:55 am to 09:05 pm.
Ganesh Puja is mostly performed by a priest mostly called Bhatji in Marathi. The puja vidhi must begin during mid-day, as according to holy books, the deity was born during the mid-period of the day. Mantras are chanted by the priest which is a 16 step puja called Shodashopachara Puja. It involves the lighting of the lamp, bathing the idol, dressing the idol and offering food items cooked for the deity.
Now that the details of the Puja, Mahurat time and vidhi have been chalked out one must not forget to pray with an honest heart. Here's wishing a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all our readers!
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