Sunday, 27 September 2015

Ganpati sthapna

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is Hindu festival and is celebrated with great devotion all over the country as well as outside India too by Indians all over the world. 
Also called Ganesh utsav, its a 10 day festival which starts on Ganesh chaturthi and ends on anant chaturthi. 

Its is believed that Lord Ganesha, the son of God Shiva and Godess Parvati bestows his presence during this festival.
Devotees of Lord Ganesha bring home Ganesha idols do the sthapna ( make them seated at a particular place and decorating the place) as per there wish say 1.5 day, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 9 days. and then on 10th day i.e. anant chaturthi the idol is immersed in water/ river/ sea...But these days to keep our rivers clean we can immerse idols in tub of water and then once the clay is dissolved it can be used to water plants.

Ganesha pooja on the Chaturthi day is usually performed as per the Muhurat, which can be checked form kalnirya panchang, or pundits/ guruji. Puja means the traditional ceremony by which God is worshipped.

For stapana the sthaan where Ganpati will sit. kacha rice grains/ consisdered teh symbol of growth are used to make asan by spreading them on the place. Over the rice grains, place one supaari and put haldi and kumkum on the supari.  Su[ari si also symbolism of ganesha.... "Ganpati Bappa Moriya" is recited during sthapana and then the Ganpati Idol is placed over this preparation.. Generally the senior male member brings in the idol by keeping them on head inside the house.

After the stapana supari, almond, kharik(date), one fruits and dakshina is placed over paan leaves/ beetle leaves along with A coconut.


Nevedyam is prepared of panchamrut / charnamrut ( milk, curd, honey, ghee, sugar).
Also khirapat is made of coconut.......recipe to make khirapat click here 
The most favourite of all is "Modak" 
Additionally fruits ans sweets are offered as prasadam.

A Tika of ashthagandha or Sandalwood paste is applied on the forehead of the Deity and other members too.

Aarti Diya's are lit and agarbatti to fragrant the place, agarbattis, dhoop, (insense and fragrance)

Then we offer 21 Druva grass blades (with 3 stems), 21 Modakas, and Flowers to Ganesha. 

Importance of 21 - ekavimshati is asanskrit word which means (5+5+5+5+1) for 
5 organs of perception [gyanendriya]  (nose - smell, tongue - taste, eyes -sight, skin - touch, ear - sound) + 
5 organs of action (karmendriya) + 
5 pancha prana (vital enrgy forces) + 
5 basic elemnts of nature (panch bhoota - Prithvi(earth), Vaayu (air), Jal (rain), Agni (fire), Aakash (sky/space) and 
the one mind, which all adds to 21.





Everyone doing aarti should dress well after a bath and attend the sacred rituals.
Various aarti's are perfomred the main is "sukhkarta Dukhharta varta vignachi"
"shendur la chadhayo"

in the last camphor tabs/ kapur aarti is performed and then after taking arti and offering flowers to idol prasad is distributed to all attendees.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hartalika Puja

Hartalika Puja is performed every year during Shukla paksha tritiya of bhadrapada month.
This generally falls one day before "Ganesh Chaturthi" and three days after 'pola' amavasya.

On this day statue of God Shiva and Godess Parvati are made of Soil from tulsi flower pot for worshipping.
The mud idols are then  worshipped for marital bliss.
Its made like this because the story says goddess parvati also did puja of clay shivling in deep forest to pray to have only God Shiva as her husband....

Lot of leaves from different trees and flowers are used for ritual.

Next day udyapan is done with nevedyam of curd and rice and then the clay idols are submerged in water.

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