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Lord Ganesh Puja

Place the idol of Lord Ganesh on the altar after taking bath in the morning. Sit comfortably, fold your hand in namaste, close your eyes and chant Om slowly three times. Ganesh Mantra vakratunda mahaakaaya soorya koti samaprabha nirvighnam kuru mein deva sarva kaaryashu sarvadaa Chant the following mantra, while placing the mukut on the idol Asmin Bimbe Chitrapate Maha-Ganapataye Namah Vastrartha Mukutam Samarpayami 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: | [ || [ | [ || Now Ganeshs soul is invoked in the idol and you can start performing the customary puja rituals. Saraswati Mantra saraswati namastubhyam varade kaama roopinee poojaarambham karishyaami siddhir bhavatu mein sadaa Make a resolve Mantra mama upaatta samasta durita kshaya dwaaraa parameshwara preeti artham mahaa ganapati poojaam karishye

Prepare the pooja thali with the following items: Coconut 21 blades of Dhruva grass 21 Modak (Modak is the favourite food of Lord Ganesh) Pack Of Agarbattis Betel Leaf & Supari Janahav (Cotton String worn by Hindus) Cotton packet Abir Gulal Stick of Sandalwood Packet Of Camphor Pouch Of Dhoop Guru Mantra gurur brahma guruvishnuh gurudevo maheshwara gurussakshaat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namah Prepare the Nandadeep (lamp) by pouring oil in it and making a cotton wick. English wording: shuklaambara sharam vishnum shashi varnam chaturbhujam prasanna vadanam dhyaayet sarvavighnopa shaantaye Make arrangements for garland to be placed around Lord Ganeshas neck. asmin bimbe chitrapate maha-ganapataye namah karpura nirajanam darsayami nirajananantaram acamaniyam samarpayami

Fill the kalash (copper pot) with water and arrange flowers. Offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar. At the end offer water from the kalash. Pour the mixture of all these five items into the Charanamrit set. Offer everything with Charanamrit Set. Dip flowers in the kalash and offer to the Lord. Worship the Lord with a bit of sindoor, haldi, abir and a paste made out of sandalwood. Offer the benevolent Lord the traditional Dhoop Aarti with Brass Dhoop Lamp and circle the Lord Ganesha Idol three to five times in the clock wise direction Perform The Lord Ganesha Aarti Jai Ganesh Deva/Jai Dev Jai dev(famous marathi arti) with the traditional Niranjan Lamp. All the five oil cotton wicks of the Niranjan should be lighted as this a part of the customary ritual of the traditional Ganesh Pooja here is Jai Ganesh Deva, the popular arati of Lord Ganesha : Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva Mata jaki parvati pita mahadeva Ek dant dayavant Char bhuja dhari Mathe pher sindur sohe Muse ki sawari Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva Pan chadhe phul chadhe Aur chadhe meva Ladduan ka bhog lage Sant kare seva Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva Andhan ko ankh det Kodhin ko kaya Banjan ko putra det Nirdhan ko maya Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva Vighne harane mangala karane Puhan puhan prakash Nama le Ganesh ka Siddha ojata kaja Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva

After doing the arati, Stand up straight. Fold your hands and do namaste. Turn clock wise three times. Do namaskar to the benevolent Lord Ganesha. Take prasad and distribute it to everyone present. Take blessings from Lord Ganesha for a happy and prosperous life. After reciting the following Shanti Mantra, cleanup your pooja place sarve santu sukhinah sarve santu niramayah sarve bhadrani pashyantu maa kashchid sukhabhag bhavet //OM Ganeshaya Namah//