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Thursday, 16 August 2018

How to install the idol of Lord Ganesha (Ganesh Sthapana)?

How to install the idol of Lord Ganesha (Ganesh Sthapana)? 

Ganesh Chaturthi, a day to honor Lord Ganesha, is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals and is celebrated by the community all across the country. However, the most elaborate festivities are organized in the state of Maharashtra. Ganpati Sthapana, the act of installing the idol at a suitable place, is one of the most important and spiritual moments associated with the festival. 

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2018

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day long festival and Ganesh Sthapana is usually performed on the first day of the festival. Lord Ganesha is believed to have been born at Madhyahna Kala, which according to the Hindu calendar denotes midday, and therefore Ganesh pooja is preferred to be performed at Madhyahna. This year, the best time to place the idol is from 12.30 pm to 1 pm. Devotees of Lord Ganesh perform Shodashopachara Ganapati pooja, which is a detailed and 16 step ritualistic pooja of the elephant-headed God. 

The place where the idol is to be positioned must be chosen intelligently so as to ensure that people are able to view it during most of the times throughout the day. Before installing the idol, clean the place thoroughly, lay a cloth (preferably red colored) and spread some rice on the cloth. Thereafter, you can place the idol on the cloth. Once that is done, the idol, as well as the shrine, are embellished with majestic flowers and other items. The idols, which are installed in the home, may come in sizes of 3⁄4 inches, while those at big community celebrations may rise to a height of 70 feet. 

Worshipers offer modaks, jaggery, coconut, red hibiscus flowers and other offerings to the idol of Lord Ganesha. During the ceremony, devotees also chant hymns and perform aartis in the morning and evenings along with their family and friends. Some of the popular Ganesh pooja Mantras sung by the devotees on this day are Ganesha Shubh Labh Mantra, Ganesha Gayatri Mantra, Vakratunda Ganesha Mantra among others.

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