The Procedure for performing Vigneswara/Ganesa Puja.
Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the 5th of September,2016.
Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 21:09 on 5/Sep/2016
This is to be performed before any Puja.
Lord Ganesha’s moorti (or a big framed photo)-Preferable to have an idol made out of Turmeric powder(add water in small quantity so as to make it a dough and pliable and shape in the from of Vinayaka)
Plantain leaf (if available or a plate) and rice for installing Lord’s Turmeric prateema.
One plate (preferably a metallic one) and some rice (2-3 cups)
Two coconuts or bananas
Betel leaves, supaari (betel nuts).
Haldi, kumkum, akshata, flowers, garlands.
Panchaamrita (honey, milk, ghee, curds, sugar – all in one cup).
2 small lamps with ghee and a cotton wick.
Agarbatti (and no camphor) and a match-box.
Small cups and a spoon, preferably metallic.(Preferable to Have Pancha Patra).
Some money for Dakshina (Offering) to Lord Ganesha.(one “Five Rupee Coin will do).
Sweets and other items for Naivedya.
Before doing pooja, keep the surroundings clean and nice.
Be yourself clean, neat and tidy and follow the instructions.
Wear Vibhuti mixed with Water on your Forehead.
1) Sit comfortably, fold your hands in namaste. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and chant OM slowly three times.
Sound the bell for five seconds.
2) Chant the following prayers:
Pray Lord Ganesha.
vakratuNDa mahaakaaya soorya koTi samaprabha |
nirvighnam kuru me deva sarva kaaryeShu sarvadaa ||
O, God Ganesha, you are as bright as ten million Suns.
I pray to you please remove all obstacles from my path.
Pray Goddess Saraswati
saraswati namastubhyam varade kaamaroopiNi |
poojaarambham karishyaami siddhir bhavatu me sadaa ||
Goddess Saraswati, my salutations to you. I am starting the pooja, please bless me with success
Prayers to Guru (our teacher)
gurur brahmaa gurur viShNuH gurur devo maheshwaraH |
guruH saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namaH ||
The teacher is the embodiment of the trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. To that Guru who is none
other than the God Himself, I salute.
Chant ‘sahana vavatu’
OM sahanaa vavatu | sahanau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai ||
Tejaswi-naa-vadheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai |
OM shaantiH shaantiH shaantiH ||
OM. May we protect each other. May we eat together, may we study
together, and may we achieve together. May there not be any animosity
amongst us. May there be peace, peace and peace.
3) Make a resolve to perform the pooja.
Perform Achamana-Achyutaaya namah…..Onm Bhooh.(Detailed Sankalpa -Follow the Link at the end of this post).
mama upaatta durita kshaya dwaaraa shree-parameshwara preeti
artham sarva abhiishTa siddhi artham dhyaana aavaahana aadi
To forsake all my problems and to earn the Supreme Lord’s love, and
for the fulfillment of all my wishes, I shall worship Lord Ganesha by
4) Meditate upon Lord Ganesha.
shukla-ambara-dharaM viShNuM shashi-varNaM chatur-bhujam|
prasanna-vadanaM dhyaayet sarva-vighnopa-shaantaye ||
I meditate upon Lord Ganesha who is wearing white clothes, bright colored and has four arms. Pleasant faced Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles.
Gajaananam bhootagaNaadi sevitam
kapittha jamboo phalasaara bhakshitam |
umaasutam shoka vinaasha kaaraNam
namaami vighneshwara paada pankajam ||
I pray to the lotus feet of elephant headed Lord Ganapati, who is served by one and all, who likes fruits, who is son of Goddess Paarvati and who removes root cause of all miseries.
5) Invite the Lord to come to you to receive your worship.
atra aagachcha jagadwandya suraraaja architeshwara |
anaathanaatha sarvajna gourii garbha samudbhava ||
Shrii-mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH| Aavaahayaami||
I invite you to come here, O Lord Ganesha, saluted by the world, the one worshipped by the king of Gods, lord of all, the all-knower, son of Goddess Gowri.
6) Offer seat to Lord Ganesha.
mouktikaiH puShya raagaishca naanaa ratna viraajitam |
ratna simhaasanam caaru priityartham pratiguhyataam ||
Shrii-mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH| aasanam samarpayaami|
I offer to you, Lord Ganesha, to please you and seat you, all gems studded throne.
Please accept it.
7) Offer Lord Ganesha water, milk and honey.
mahaa-gaNa-adhipataye namaH |
paadayOH paadyam samarpayaami|
I offer water to wash the feet of Lord Ganesha, the leader of all troops.
I offer water to wash the hands of Lord Ganesha, the son of Goddess
anaatha-naathaaya namaH | aacamaniiyam samarpayaami |
I offer drinking water to Lord Ganesha, who is the Lord of all.
gajavaktraaya namaH | madhuparkam samarpayaami |
I offer the traditional mixture of milk and honey to the elephant headed Lord Ganesha.
8) Offer panchamritam (milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar) to Lord Ganesha. Take milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar in small cups.
Use separate cups or mix them all in a cup. Dip a flower in the cup and worship with that flower.
snaanam panchaamritaiH deva grihaaNa gaNa naayaka|
anaatha naatha sarvajna giirvaaNa paripoojita ||
panchaamrita snaanam samarpayaami||
Oh gaNa naayaka, Lord, God, all-knowledgeable!
Please accept panchaamirta snaanam.
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH| kshiireNa snaapayaami ||
I wash him with milk
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, dadhnaa snaapayaami |
I wash him with curd
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, aajyena snaapayaami |
I wash him with ghee
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, madhum snaapayaami |
I wash him with honey.
mahaa-gaNapataye namaH, sharkarayaam snaapayaami |
I wash him with sugar.