Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival 2020
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is also called as Vinayak Chaturthi and is even known by a lot of other names. This Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival 2020 is going to be observed on Saturday, 22nd August. Ganesh Chaturthi is a very significant Hindu festival which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha also known as “Vighnaharta”.
Lord Ganesha was the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This Ganpati Chaturthi festival is celebrated in the whole country with excitement and happiness. Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi (विनायक चतुर्थी) because Vinayaka was one of the names of Lord Ganesha.
This Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival 2020 marks the birth of Lord Ganesha and as per Hindu religious books, the Lord Ganesha was born on Shukla Chaturthi during Bhadrapada Lunar Month. The Bhadrapada Lunar Month is from August – September.
Ganesh Chaturthi Muhurat 2020
Ganesh Puja is preferred during Madhyanha. It is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala. Madhyanha Ganesh Puja Subh Muhurat Time starts from 11:06 AM and continues till 01:42 PM. Most of the cities have different Muhurat timings of Ganesh Chaturthi Muhurat 2020.
Below we have listed City-wise Ganpati puja Best timings to perform Ganpati Chaturthi Puja Vidhi along with Ganesh Sthapana simple Vidhi ritual procedure for our Ganesh Ji ka Abhishek.
|Metro – Cities||Subh Muhurat Time|
|New Delhi||11:06 am to 01:42 pm|
|Mumbai||11:25 am to 01:57 pm|
|Bengaluru||11:08 am to 01:37 pm|
|Ahmedabad||11:26 am to 01:49 pm|
|Kolkata||10:23 am to 12:56 pm|
|Gurugram||11:07 am to 01:42 pm|
|Chennai||10:57 am to 01:27 pm|
|Pune||11:21 am to 01:53 pm|
|Jaipur||11:12 am to 01:47 pm|
|Chandigarh||11:07 am to 01:44 pm|
|Hyderabad||11:03 am to 01:34 pm|
History of Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha may also be known by the other names. Ganesha has many names like Ganpati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Heramba.
Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular deities for worship and that’s why this remains one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country especially Ganesh festival in Mumbai, Maharashtra is also known as Ganpati festival. His blessings are often invoked at religious ceremonies.
It is said that he is the one who can remove all obstacles to success and thus also known as “Vighnaharta”. If you notice, the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi significance festival particularly when people start a new business or purchase their own house, Ganesh Puja is always the first ceremony.
Lord Ganesha is also known as the giver of fortune, even called as one who can help to avoid natural calamities. Lord Ganesh is depicted with an elephant’s head on the human body and is also the patron god of travelling.
How is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
In certain parts of India like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and many other cities the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated for ten days. Sweets are a common offering as Hindu legend has it that Ganesh liked them. Being one of his favourite food sweet, people especially make on Ganesh Chaturthi are called as “Modak” which devotee offerings to Lord Ganesha.
On the day of the festival, clay idols of Lord Ganesh are placed in homes or outdoors in decorated tents so that people passing through it can also take blessings. Priests will then invoke life into the idols while mantras are chanted in a ritual known as ‘Pranapratishhtha’. Ganesh Ji ka Abhishek is done by the devotee and also some of them worship Lord Ganesha for love marriage.
The Bodhi tree is revered as a great source of remedies and is used to treat up to fifty different ailments. That’s why many idols of Ganesh will be placed outside under Bodhi trees. The tree also has a unique ability to produce oxygen at the night time instead of carbon dioxide. These healthy aspects of the tree make it a popular place for people to worship.
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Vidhi
Lord Ganesha is worshipped with all sixteen rituals along with chanting of puranic mantras during Ganesh Chaturthi puja which is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Worshipping Gods and Goddesses with all 16 rituals is known as Shodashopachara Puja.
Step 1: Avahana and Pratishthapan
Avahana is the very first step where Puja begins with an invocation of Lord Ganesha, one should chant the following Mantra in front of the Murti, by showing Avahan Mudra.
Pratishthapan is the step where Lord Ganesh has been invoked and by pratishthapan mantras, we install Lord Ganesh into the statue. i.e simple Ganesh Sthapana Vidhi is performed.
Step 2: Asana Samarpan
After the first step, Lord Ganesh has been invoked and installed in the statue.
Now take five flowers in Anjali (by joining the palm of both hands) and leave them in front of the Murti to offer a seat to Shri Ganesha while chanting the Mantra.
Step 3: Padya Samarpan
In the third step, we offer him water to wash the feet while chanting the Padya Samarpan mantra.
Step 4: Arghya Samarpan
After offering Padya to Lord Ganesh, offer scented water to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantras.
Step 5: Achamana
After Arghya offering, offer water to Lord Ganesha for Achamana while chanting achamana mantras.
Step 6: Snana Mantra
Snana means “snan” which in simple words means shower. After Achamana, offer water to Shri Ganesha for the bath while chanting mantras.
Step 7: Vastra Samarpan and Uttariya Samarpan
Vastra Samarpan means it’s time to offer Moli as new clothes to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantras.
After Vastra Samarpan, it’s time for Uttariya Samarpan where we offer clothes for upper body parts to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantras.
Step 8: Yajnopavita Samarpan
After the Vastra offering, offer Yajnopavita to Lord Ganesha while chanting Mantra.
Step 9: Gandha
After Yajnopavita offering, offer scent to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantra.
Step 10: Akshata
After Gandha offering, offer Akshata (unbroken rice) to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantra.
Step 11: Pushpa Mala, Shami Patra, Durvankura, Sindoor
Pushpa Mala means offering garlands made of flowers to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantras. After that, offer shami patra to Lord Ganesh while chanting mantras.
Now offer Durva with three or five leaflets to Lord Ganesha while chanting mantras. Now offer vermilion to Lord Ganesha for Tilak while chanting mantras.
Step 12: Dhoop
After sindoor, it’s time to offer dhoop to Lord Ganesh.
Step 13: Deep Samarpan
Now offer Deep to Lord Shiva while chanting mantras.
Step 14: Naivedya and Karodvartan
Naivedya Nivedan is the step where you offer Nivedya to Lord Ganesh while chanting prayers. Karodvartan means to offer Chandan mixed with water to Lord Ganesha while chanting the mantra.
Step 15: Tambula, Narikela and Dakshina Samarpan
- Tambula Samarpan
Now offer Tambula (Paan with betel nuts) to Lord Ganesha while chanting Mantra.
- Narikela Samarpan
Now offer Narikela (coconut) to Lord Ganesha while chanting Mantra.
- Dakshina Samarpan
Now offer Dakshina (gift) to Lord Ganesha while chanting following Mantra.
People wait for this day with great enthusiasm. This day brings happiness and togetherness between the family members. The rituals are followed for a very long time. You too celebrate this festival with your beloved family and friends.