Ganesha Chaturathi sthapana and visarjan vidhi

#Ganpati sthapana vidhi, #ganesha chaturthi, Anant Chaturdashi visarjan vidhi,
This is a ten days festival starting on Shukla Chaturthi and ends on Anant Chaturdashi of Bhadrapada month according to  hindu calendar.
It is said that Ganesha is the remover of Obstacles so when the Ganpati festival is celebrated Ganesha takes away your worries and set you free from obstacles.
Ganesha was born on Shukla Chaturthi at 1:00 PM , so the moorti sthapna (place the statue) should be done between 12:30 to 1:00 PM. choose a proper and suitable place in your home or workplace for the Moorti Sthapna , where you can see it most of the time in a day , Clean the place and cover it with a good cloth of silk (or any as per your faith) of green , yellow or red color. Spread little rice on the cloth and place the statue of Ganesha on it , You can also make the statue by your hands from clay or you can buy it from the market.

गणेश वन्दना (Ganesha Vandna)

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटिसमप्रभा  
 निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ||
“Vakratunndd mahaakaay Suryakottisamaprabhaa. Nirvighnanm kuru me dev sarvakaaryesshu sarvadaa.”
Meaning: O Lord Ganesha of large body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my work free of obstacles always.
Chant the following mantra, while placing the mukut on the idol
Asmin Bimbe Chitrapate
Maha-Ganapataye Namah
Vastrartha Mukutam
* Sound the bell for 5 seconds.
Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as pran-prathishta. The Pran Prathista mantra in Sanskrit to be invoked is found in the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha.
The Invocation mantra in Devnagiri are as follows:-

गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे, कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम्
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत, नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम्
महागणाधिपतये नमः
Om Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Hava-Amahe
Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravas-Tamam |
Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannas-Pata
Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Nuutibhih-Siida-Saadanam ||
Om Mahaa-Ganna-Adhipataye Namah ||

1. 21 Dourva (grass)
2. pushpa (flowers)
3. Roli and Moli (red tilak and red thead of cotton used in pooja)
4. Chaval (rice)
5. Ghee Sindoor ( ghee and Kumkum)
6. Haldi ( some people according to their regions do offer Haldi tilak)
7. 21 Ladoo  ( a sweet dish modak which is very dear to Lord ganesha)
The number 21 signifies - the five organs of perception, five organs of action, five vital airs (pranas), five elements, and the mind.
8. Sugar cane and Banana are also offer which is optional.
9. Green color is also dear to ganesha so you can also offer him green cloth (optional)

Ganpati Puja : Stepwise-wise directions
Puja must be commenced only after performing ablutions .
* Begin by reciting  

“Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah”
* Follow this by repeating “Aum” thrice. 
* Now take a sip of holy water and invoke the god to purify you by repeating 
Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah thrice and wash hands.

Now the puja can begin.
Sprinkle the ganesha idol with rice grains and flowers and chant  
Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Asanam Samarpayami

Next wash the feet of the idol with rice and sandal water and chant 
‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Padyam Samarpayami’

Next wash the hands of the idol with sandal water mixed with rice and flowers and chant ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Samarpayami’

Next offer the idol water to drink , thrice , while chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Achmaneeyam Samarpayami ‘

Next the idol has to be bathed with milk, curd, ghee. Honey and sugar. Chant 
‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Panchamrita Snanam Samarpayami’ .

After this make holy water offering. 

All the five offerings are to be made separately chanting 

‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Payah Snanam Samarpayami  
 when offering milk.

‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Dadhi Snanam Samarpayami 
when offering curd.

‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Ghrut Snanam Samarpayami 
when offering ghee.

‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Madhu Snanam Samarpayami’ 
when offering honey.

‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Sharkara Snanam Samarpayami’  
when offering sugar.

Now offer holy water to the idol and then wipe it clean with a piece of cloth while chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Uttaraposhnam Samarpayami’.

Now all the necessary ablutions have been completed.

The puja will proceed by making various offerings to lord ganesha 
Offer raiment to the idol in the form of two threads chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Vastropvastram Samarpayami’.

When offering white thread repeat ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Yagyopveetam Samarpayami’.

Now red sandal powder paste is applied to the brow of the idol while chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Gandham samarpayami’.

Offer rice and chant, ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Akshtam Samarpayami’.

Garland the idol, shower flowers and chant,Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Puspam Samarpayami’.

Offer Durva grass chanting, ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Durvan Kuran Samarpayami’.

Leaves offering chanting Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Bilvapatram Samarpayami’.

Burned perfume offering to be made while chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Dhoopam Agrapyami’.

Perform the aarti of the idol with a ghee lamp chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Deepam Darshyami’.

Give sweets to the lord, chanting ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Naivedyam Samaryami’.

Offer water to the idol ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Achmaneeyam Samarpayami’.

Offer fruit, ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Phalam Samarpayami’

Offer betel nut, betel leaf, clove and cardamom and chant ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Tamboolam Samarpayami’.

Offer perfume and chant ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Itram Samarpayami’

Offer coins and chant ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Dakshinam Samarpayami’

Now offer sandal rice, flower, and durva all mixed in water and chant “Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Vishesh Argyam Samarpayami”

Now genuflect before the idol while chanting, Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah 
I bow before you.

Finally to bring the puja to a close circle the idol in a clockwise direction while chanting Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Pradakshinam Samarpayami once.


After Sthapna worship it every day , offer Durva (Grass) each day of the festival.
Durva(Grass) is very dear to Ganesha.
do offer as per your faith. Light a Deepak (Ghee lamp ) and sing Arti of Ganesha with your family and colleagues each day.

Tenth day the Anant Chaturdash
worship Ganesha and give offerings, Thank him for being there with them in the whole festival, ask him to take your worries with him and pick up the statue and take it to a  moving water body (a river, a sea or ocean) .  and Parvahit (leave it, merge it completely ) in the water body.


The immersions of Bappa follow a schedule and are only performed on selected days. These are as follows.
    One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – September 10, 2013.
    Three day Ganesh Visarjan – September 11, 2013.
    Five day Ganesh Visarjan – September 13, 2013.
    Seven day Ganesh Visarjan – September 15, 2013.
    Ananta Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 18, 2013.

    Immersion of the Andhericha Raja - September 22, 2013. 
There is an Udwasana mantra which is chanted before moving the idol on visarjan day for immersion. Some devotees immerse Ganesh idol on Ganesh Chaturthi itself & the same procedure is followed for these idols too.
Some devotees follow the below mentioned procedure on the following day of Ganesh Chaturthi & immerse the Ganeshaidol on Anant Chaturdashi (Usual Ganesh visarjan day).
chant aparadha stotram (or else pray to him to forgive for any mistakes you committed during puja). And also pray to him to come early next year so that the celebrations begin again. Visarjan means not offering farewell but sending the Lord to his own abode from where he has come.
Uttarpuja means bidding farewell to Sri Ganeshji with due reverence.

When taking the Sri Ganesh idol for immersion, one should also offer curd, puffed rice, coconut, sweet delicacy (Modak) etc. as provisions for the journey.
As far as possible all the members of the family should go for the immersion of the Sri Ganesh idol.

 When taking the Sri Ganesh idol for immersion, the back of the idol should face the person carrying the idol.
One should go to an ocean, a river, reservoir of water or a well for immersing the idol.
Arati should be offered to Sri Ganeshji.
After the arati, the idol should be immersed in flowing water together with the provisions

Chant the below mentioned Ganesh Udwasan or Visarjanmantra   
 chant aparadha stotram (or else pray to him to forgive for any mistakes you committed during puja). And also pray to him to come early next year so that the celebrations begin again. Visarjan means not offering farewell but sending the Lord to his own abode from where he has come.

Yagnena yagna mayajantha devaa:
Thaani dharmaani pradhamaa nyaasan,
theha naakam mahimaana ssanchamthe
yatra poorve saadhyaassamthi devaa:
After chanting this mantra, move Ganesha idol towards Eeshanya disha (North Eastern direction) for a bit.
Then offer Mangal Aarti to Lord Ganpati.
Now, sprinkle some water drops on Ganesha idol & take the Lord in procession (if you are immersing him in your house, just take him to each corner of your home. It is the symbolic way of showing him his house where he stayed during Ganesh Chaturthi utsav). During procession, raise ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya’ or any other Ganesha slogan you want.

You can also pray at Visarjan place for some time before technical proceedings of immersion take place.
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