On 10th September Friday, our beloved Ganesha is on his way to shower all his blessings on us with Ganesh Chaturthi 2021. Our heart gets lost in the memories of childhood Ganesh Utsav Celebration When we talk about Ganesh Chaturthi. This Ganesh Utsav has been dear to every child for decades. Because there is an atmosphere of excitement not only indoors but outside of the home during these ten days festival celebration. The marquees in the streets adorned with colorful decoration and Ganesha idols enhance the glory of the festivity in the atmosphere.
Now let’s know more about the significance, timing, and shubh muhurta of Ganesh Chaturthi 2021.
Significance Of Ganesh Chaturthi
Why Is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated
Mythologically, Ganesh Chaturthi is the birth celebration of Lord Ganesha, and there are two stories associated with it. Lord Ganesha was born on the fourth day of Bhadrapada, under Shukla Paksha (the rising phase of the moon). That’s why we call the festival Ganesh Chaturthi.
According to one story, On urge of deities, Mother Gauri, the mother of Shri Ganesha, created Ganesha with her body scrub. The purpose of creating Ganesha was to kill the demons. That is why we call him “Vighnaharta” also, meaning one who removes obstacles.
There is another story associated with Lord Ganesha’s Birth. According to this story, after creating Lord Ganesha, Mata (Mother Gauri) was about to take a bath. She ordered Ganesha to watch outside so that nobody could enter inside. After some time, when Mata Gauri went to take a bath, her husband Lord Shiva came. He found Ganesha at the entrance. As per his mother’s wish, Ganesha kept on forbidding Lord Shiva from getting inside. Shiva was unaware of Ganesha’s birth. He got angry with Ganesha and cut Ganesha’s head.
When Mata Gauri saw his son lying on the earth, she got disheartened with Lord Shiva. Shiva promised to revive Ganesha, and then he fixed a baby elephant’s head over Ganesha’s body. This way, Lord Shiva gave another life to Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 Date, Timing, & Shubh Muhurt
Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 date is 10th September. Devotees call ten days celebration of the festival Ganesh Mahotsav or Ganesh Utsav. It will end on 21st September.
The Chaturthi will start from 12:18 am midnight on 10th September and will last till 10 pm. Lord Ganesha was born in mid-day. So it will be the best time for puja or worshipping Ganesha and establishing his idol.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration, Arti & Puja Vidhi
Ganesh Chaturthi’s celebration starts with cleaning the house and wearing new or clean clothes after taking a bath in the morning. Then, along with other decoration items and Puja/ worship essentials, we buy clay Ganesha idols from the market. We decorate the worship area, and with due respect, we establish Ganesh’s idol over there.
After offering all the Puja/ worship essentials to Lord Ganesha, we offer bhog or prasad to Ganesha and pray him, to remove all the obstacles from our life and shower his blessings on us for life long.
Establish the Ganesha idol on a piece of clean red clothe over the chauki after cleaning the Puja area. Keep a water pot or Kalash in front of Ganesha. Align some mango leaves in the Kalash, and then keep a Shrifal or nariyal (coconut) over the Kalash. Sprinkle some Ganga Jal.
Make swastikas on four sides of the Kalash with kumkum. Now kindle ghee Diya in front of Ganesha.
Offer tilak to Ganesha with kumkum, Haldi (turmeric), and akshat. After tilak, offer flowers, druva (tender green grass), janeoo, and roli. Then offer laung (cloves), cardamom, supari (beetle nut), and five types of dry fruits. We call it panchmeva and offer to Ganesha.
Now offer bhog or prasad to Ganesha. For bhog or prasad, offer Ganesha’s favorite laddoo, Modak, and fruits. Take a diya on a big plate, place it in the center of the plate, and put camphor or Kapoor in the diya. Ignite camphor or Kapoor and chant Ganesha’s arti. After Arti, everyone takes Ganesha arti’s flame.
Now distribute Prasad among the family members and enjoy the festival.