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Ganesh-Chaturthi

February 15, 2009

The bright half fourth day of every lunar month is called Ganesh Chaturthi. Its also known as Siddhi Vinayaki Chaturt and  Mahasiddhi Vinayaki Chaturthi if the fourth day falls on Tuesday or Saturday its importance gets enhanced and its known as Varad Chaturthi or Shivaa Chaturthi
On this auspicious day a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesh should remade of clay or some metal like silver. Now this idol shou1d be installed on a high pedestal with its face facing east-west or north.

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Having anointed the idol with sandalwood or saffron paste and invoking the Lord for the ‘Pran-pratishtha’ (Consecration), offerings with 21 objects should be kept ready, which should include Patri (leaves), Kewra (Pamdames), Shamee (A kind of tree leaves), white flowers (Lily), Durba (Grass twigs), red sandalwood, sindoor (Red vermilion powder), panchamrita (A potion made from mixing milk, curd, honey, sugar and water) and the leaves of Tulsi or basil etc. One must remember that basil leaves or Tulsidal are permitted in the Lord’s worship only on this day, and not on other days.

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Now, after seating yourself on the Kushasan (A small mattress made by the weed called Kusha), you should invoke the Lord and complete the worship as mentioned earlier.
Then perform the Mahabhishek (Grand Anointing Ceremony) by Panchamrita etc., and sing the ‘Aarti’ of the Lord with a lighted lamp waving in your hand before the Lord’s idol. Then the oblation of Durba, flowers etc. should be offered to the Lord. After this religiously move around the Lord seven times in anti-clockwise direction and lie with hand and feet fully stretched on the ground with face facing the ground to salute the Lord. This sort of special salutation is called Sashtang Namaskar’. Then 21 Laddoos should be offered as the Lord’s symbolic food or the ‘Prasadam’ which should be distributed to as many devotees as possible. It is said in scriptures that ‘Prasadam’ should be distributed to the greatest number of persons possible with each getting as little of the share as to have it totally absorbed or digested by the eater’s body and there should not be any refuse left out of it after digestion.