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September 12, 2015

How To Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi At Home - Vinayaka Chaturthi Pooja

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I wanted to make a post on How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at home during last year itself. So I had clicked pictures of our pooja procedure / Puja Vidhanam and kept in draft. In this post, I have shared how to perform Ganesh chaturthi pooja, festival date, things required for pooja and abishekam, Pooja procedure, Ganesh chaturthi neivedyam recipes like Kozhukattai varieties and appam recipes with links.  Please check THIS POST for complete Ganesh chaturthi Pooja vidhanam/Puja vidhi in PDF format.I have also shared a short video on how to make an eco friendly Ganesha idol using kozhukattai maavu/Kozhukatte dough. Hope you find these ideas useful :)
This year 2016, Vinayagar Chaturthi festival falls on September-5th, Monday. Time to perform pooja - Auspicious time of the day as per the calender ( Nalla neram). Avoid Rahu Kalam and Yama Kandam. We do it in the afternoon. i.e after 12 noon.
Ganesha is the Lord who is first worshipped before any holy occasion or puja.Ganesh Chaturthi also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus all around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra in Hindi /Avani in Tamil (mid-August to mid-September). He is revered as the preserver of all good things and prevents Vigna (meaning obstruction/bad omen). His motto is Shubh-Laabh (good prospect and good prosperity).Generally Ganesh Chaturthi preparations commence from almost a month before the festival. The celebrations last for around ten days (from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi).On the 11th day, the idol is taken through the streets in a procession & immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of all the people.
At home, Ganesha pooja starts from bringing or making a clay idol of Lord Ganesha. Various dishes are cooked for offering/Neivedyam (bhog).Although there are a large number of sweets offered to Lord Ganesha during the pooja, Modak is known to be the lord`s favorite sweet and is therefore one of the main dishes made on this day. Other dishes include Karanji, laddu, barfi, peda,vada,sundal and appam. The idol is given a bath(Abhishekam) with scented water and then decorated with flowers. Jyoti is lit and then the aarti begins. People read Ganesh Chaturthi story after pooja. Various bhajans and mantras are chanted at this time. It is believed that chanting the mantras with complete devotion brings life to the idol. It is also believed that during this period, Ganesha visits the home of his devotees and bring prosperity and good fortune with him.  He removes all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path.Along with Ganesha, Gouri idol is also placed in South Indian families and worshipped. Gouri Vrata is performed as “Mangala Gauri” by women for good life and prosperity.
Source: Hinduism.org & Yahoo.com
Let me share our celebration procedures with list of things for abhishekam,Pooja & neivedyam.Hope you all find it useful.Please consult with your mom or mil and do the pooja accordinglyHappy.
I have also shared the audio links in Tamil,Telugu for Ganesh chaturthi Pooja Vidhanam.I have also shared a youtube video link for Ganesh chaturthi Pooja vidhi in Hindi.,Please refer the end of "How to do Pooja" section.

Click this Video on how to make Homemade Ganesh using Kozhukattai dough.
Visit my in-laws blog for Ganesh Chaturthi Kolam/Rangoli ideas

Here is the video on making Ganesha idol

How to celebrate Ganesh chaturthi at home

Ingredients list for pooja & neivedyam

For Abhishekam & Pooja
  • Ganesh idol
  • Flowers 
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Honey
  • Tender coconut water
  • Water
  • Rice flour
  • Sesame oil
  • Turmeric powder
  • Shikakai powder
  • Kumkum,Sandal paste
  • Panchamirtham (Curd based delicacy consisting of Panch(5) items: Milk, Sugar, Ghee (clarified butter), Honey, Bananas)  Some items are not shown in pic.
    Ganesh chaturthi pooja
For Decoration & pooja
  • Vastram for Ganesha ( New blouse bit or dhoti cloth)
  • Mupiri nool for poonool ( 3 threaded string)
  • ArugamPul (Bermuda grass (English). Arugampul (Tamil). Dhub (Hindi). Durva (Sanskrit). Karuka (Malayalam). Garikagoddi (Telugu). Garikoihallu (Kannada))
  • Vellerukku Malai ( refer the above picture)
  • Tulsi can be used for decoration but its allowed only on this festival day.
  • Flowers
  • Kumkum & Sandal powder
  • Incense stick
  • Camphor
  • Sesame oil & ghee for lamp
  • All Fruits, coconut, betel leaves & betel nut for offering
  • Banana leaf
  • Turmeric powder for manjal pillayar
    For Neivedyam recipes
  • Coconut
  • Jaggery
  • Chana dal/Moong dal
  • Sugar
  • Besan
  • Urad dal
  • Green chillies,ginger,salt ( for pooran)
  • Raw rice for payasam
  • Urad dal for vada
  • Wheat flour,banana & jaggery for appam
  • Sesame seeds for ellu urundai
  • Click HERE to see the no onion no garlic lunch menu cooking with ingredients
how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

On the previous day morning, make pooran and laddu( if making).Store in a box.On the same day night, wash all the lamps, put the thread,oil & keep it ready for pooja. Soak chana for sundal & urad dal for vada. Generally we do the neivedyam in the noon or during the auspicious time of chaturthi day. Usually it happens in the afternoon. So we prepare the lunch recipes,vada,kozhukattai & sundal on chaturthi morning. Start cooking around 8 am in the morning.You can finish everything by 11am. If you keep the pooran ready, u can make 21 kozhukattai in 30-45 minutes.In that 45 minutes,u can pressure cook dal for sambar. Inside the cooker, keep a tiffin box with the chopped vegetables for poriyal or kootu. Prepare the rice in another cooker. By this time,u can make kozhukattai and steam it. Make Dal, sambar, poriyal,pachadi and keep them ready for neivedyam.Click HERE to see how to cook a no onion no garlic lunch menu easily.
Before starting abhishekam, draw the Rangoli using rice flour paste( Maakolam) in the entrance and the place where you are going to do the pooja.

Abhishekam Order

how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

Benefits of Abhishekam
PANCHAGAVYAM - Removes all sins of mankind
PANCHAMRUTHAM - Gives wealth
GHEE- Gives Moksha state
MILK - Gives long life
CURD - Gives Good Children
HONEY - Melodious voice
RICE POWDER - Frees from debts
SUGAR CANE JUICE - Gives good health and removes enmity
LIME JUICE - Removes fear of death
TENDER COCONUT JUICE - Gives enjoyment and full satisfaction in life
SANDAL PASTE - Gives Lakshmi's Grace
SUGAR - Removes enmity -
Source : http://www.teluguone.com/devotional/content/what-are-things-used-in-shiva-abhishekam-its-effects-56-27598.html#sthash.kCQAROkq.dpuf
how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

Abhishekam should be done by the elders of the family.
But in our house,my daughter sits with my husband and do the abhishekam :) Take all the abhishekham items in a plate as shown in the picture.Keep a bowl full of water.Keep some flowers in a plate.Keep an incense stick and a camphor ready.Take a wide plate ( thambaalam). Keep a wooden plank inside it and keep the Ganesh idol.Start the abhishekam by putting some flowers and few drops of water. Before doing abhishekam,keep this mind.Ganesh idol should not fall down during abhishekam.So do not pour more water and touch the idol carefully with support.First do the sesame oil abhishekam,then apply shikakai powder.Wash it well by adding water.Then apply turmeric powder.Light the incense stick and show the dhoop & dheep.Mix rice flour in water and do the abhishekam.Then comes milk, lemon juice, tender coconut water, curd, panchamirtham followed by honey.Collect the panchamirtham with honey in a plate.Pour some water and then continue with sandal paste,Kumkum and lastly viboodhi abhishekam.Finish the abhishekam with little milk.Show the dheepam.Pour water and start to decorate the Ganesh.Collect all the abhishekam water in the wide plate and pour in tulsi plant or under some trees. Put a poonool/Mupiri nool(3 thread string) from left to right keeping Ganesha facing towards you.Then wear a new cloth for the idol. Decorate with Vellerukku malai, arugampul malai and flowers.( If you are using homemade clay Ganesha,pour water and other abhishekam items only in spoons else Ganesha will dissolve in water).After abhishekam & decoration,start doing the pooja.
You can chant this Ganesha Gayathri mantram while doing Abhishekam.
Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Vakratundaya dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat”

How to do pooja

Ganesh chaturthi celebration at home

Please check THIS POST for complete Ganesh chaturthi Pooja vidhanam/Puja vidhi in PDF format. 

Take the decorated Ganesh and place it over peeta/Wooden plank.Light the lamp on the sides of Ganesha.Keep a small turmeric Ganesha( made of turmeric powder mixed with little water) nearby the idol.Keep kumkum & flowers.Place a plate with 5 types of fruits,coconut,betel leaves & nuts in front of the God.
In another plate or banana leaf,spread the nevideyam recipes.Kozhukattai varieties comes to the left side of Ganesha.Rice and other items has to be kept in the usual order.Refer picture for the idea.Keep payasam and aval.pori kadalai/Puffed rice with peanuts in small bowls.Chant Ganesha ashtothram and do the archanai. Then show the dhoop & dheep.Finally do the mangala aarti.Finish the pooja. Some people have the practice of keeping Kalash and do the pooja. So I have made a separate post about "Pooja Vidhanam/Puja Vidhi" with mantras in PDF format. You can download it and use if interested.Please check THIS POST .
On Chaturthi evening,make wheat flour appam and do the neivedyam.The next day morning,you can keep idli for neivedyam or simply fruits would do. On afternoon,keep dal & rice with ghee for neivedyam. Continue this neivedyam till Ganesha stays in your house.The next day or the third day,take the ganesha idol along with flowers & vastram,some puffed rice,jaggery and fried gram dal(Do not remove anything from idol) and put it in water.Let the Ganesh idol dissolve in water and take away all the misfortunes of people.

  • Click this LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Telugu
  • Check this LINK , LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Tamil
  • For Hindi version,check this youtube video LINK

Neivedyam Recipes




Please click this LINK for full collection of neivedyam recipes.This LINK for Kozhukattai making Videos & Homemade Ganesh idol using rice flour dough.

Disclaimer : I have shared the procedures based on our tradition.Please take the as a reference,consult the elders of your family and do the pooja as per your practice.Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home.
Hope you find this post useful.Wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi !
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  1. Well written,and explain things very clearly,useful post for the beginners.....

  2. Its really very nice, explanation was very clear.

  3. Hi chitra ,
    Recently came to see ur blog... u have more patience to type all with procedures.I m pregnant ur millet recipes helps me lot now my mom too follows those recipe and my neighbours too ..all appreciates ur recipes and those credits goes to you ..thank you so much ..this post helps me a lot like ur varalakshmi procedures..thanks again from my family n neighbours :)

    1. Thank u so much Priya.I am very happy to read your feedback :) U made my day.Convey my thanks to your neighbors too :)

  4. this is stalin.R. thank u for such a brief pooja procedure. we are beginners of this kind of pooja. did successfully krishna jayanthi pooja the same as how u prescribed. now its time for ganapathy pooja as well. i asked my amma to do the same manner as given by you. thank u once again

    1. Hello Sir
      Thanks a lot for taking time to write here.Glad my article helped you :) Happy Ganesh chaturthi !

  5. Really a nice stuff,the images shown are rare one and not found in other webpages. keep sharing such a relevant content. Greatful to find useful content like Infoshutter knowledge portal.

  6. Recently seen ur blog nice posting on vinayagar chathurthi

  7. Thank you so much for the in detail information

    Coz it's my first time pooja of ganesha.....:)

  8. Thank you so much for the in detail information

    Coz it's my first time pooja of ganesha.....:)

  9. Thank you so much for the in detail information

    Coz it's my first time pooja of ganesha.....:)

  10. Superb, for each festival I and my sister watch your recipes and we do it by ourselves.Really thanks for ur blog.

  11. thanks for providing this valuable information on celebration of ganesh chaturthi.
    s. rajan

  12. Hi sir thankq so much for sharing deeply your pooja vedhana. I have few clarifications. Please share your number to my Gmail I will call n clarify hope u dont mind. natarajjpy@gmail.com.
    Thanks Regards

  13. Hi sir , this is my 1st pooja at home in Dubai, by God grace I can arrange list of items mentioned in ur information. Please give me ur contact. natarajjy@gmail.

    1. Hello, Please mail me to chitra.ganapathy@gmail.com for your queries. Thanks

  14. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
    Thank you so much for providing so many details and for your valuable time.
    I have brought all the mentioned item for Pooja.
    Really it is amazing and superb information.


  15. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
    Thank you so much for providing so many details and for your valuable time.
    I have brought all the mentioned item for Pooja.
    Really it is amazing and superb information.


  16. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
    Thank you so much for providing so many details and for your valuable time.
    I have brought all the mentioned item for Pooja.
    Really it is amazing and superb information.


    1. Thank you.Glad i could help you with this post 😊


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