Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. The festivities have already begun across the nation, with devotees waiting to welcome Ganpati Bappa with much alacrity. Usually Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in India runs for a long period of 10-days. Yes, it is termed as the long festival too.
Attractive pandals are formed across the country in which Ganpati Bappa is placed pratishthit(placed). Devotees come in mass to these pandals to pay their worship to Ganesha.
Why Do People Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
Lord Ganesh is the Hindu God of prosperity, good luck, intelligence, wisdom, new beginnings and obstacle remover. He is worshiped before any deity in Hinduism after earning the right to worshiped first from his parents, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganpati Bappa.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 Puja Vidhi
On this day, beautiful handcrafted idols of the Lord are installed both in homes and in public. Prana Pratishtha is implemented to raise the power of the god into the idol. This is followed by a 16 step ritual known as Shodashopachara Puja. During the ritual, various offerings including sweets, coconuts, and flowers are offered to the idol.
The procedural should be executed at a propitious time around midday, known as Madhyahna, when Lord Ganesh is believed to have been born.
It is highly necessary to carry out all these keeping Shubh Muhurat (auspicious timings) in mind.
The sacred festival worshipping Ganpati Bappa is marked with the chanting of Vedic hymns and holy Hindu manuscripts such as Ganapati Upanishad, vrat (fasting), puja vidhi (rituals) and offering prasad, especially modak and listening to Vrat Katha.
The idols of Lord Ganesh are worshiped every day, with an aarti in the evening as usual Ganesh Chaturthi pooja vidhi. The largest Ganesh statues, on display to the public, are usually taken out and immersed in water on Anant Chaturdasi.
However, many devotees who keep Ganesh Pratima in their homes carry out the dipping ritual much after this.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 Date and Day
According to 2018 calender Ganesh Chaturthi is on 13th September this year. As per the calendar Ganesh Pooja is on Thursday this year.
Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes
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Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Time (Mahurat) 2018
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha was born during the Madhyahna Kala. Hence, the Ganesh Chaturthi vidhi needs to be performed during this time of the day.
Ganesh Puja is preferred during Madhyahna as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala. Madhyahna Kala is equivalent to midday according to Hindu division of the day. Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 is falling on second week of September has a lot of rituals to celebrate.
As per Hindu time-keeping, the time duration between sunrises to sunset is divided into five equal parts. These five parts are known as Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna and Sayankal. Ganapati Sthapana and Ganapati Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi are done during Madhyahna part of the day and as per Vedic astrology it is considered the most appropriate time for Ganesha Puja in 2018.
Ganesh Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 16:07 on 12/Sep/2018
Ganesh Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 14:51 on 13/Sep/2018
Ganesh Chaturthi List of Best Songs
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Aala Re Aala Ganesha (Daddy) – This new song from Arjun Rampal’s film, Daddy is sure to be played at all the pandals this year. The orchestra-type foot tapping music does the work and…how! It is so peppy that you cannot hold yourself and will surely get up and dance once it starts playing.
Sada Dil Vi Tu (ABCD) –When you hear it, you cannot stop dancing. Plus the visuals too are extraordinary. This song from ABCD movie features dancers making pyramids wearing Ganesh masks and dancing away to glory to Hard Kaur’s peppy voice.
Deva Shri Ganesha (Agneepath) – This song is from the remake of movie Agneepath became a hit instantly. Featured Hrithik Roshan in this song, this fast paced number can get anyone grooving.
O My Friend Ganesha (My Friend Ganesha) – Kids loves the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Hence, this is the song that is perfect Ganesh Aarti for the little ones.
Mourya Re (Don) – This is another song that has to play on every visarjan (immersion day). Pictured on Shah Rukh Khan, this track is truly extraordinary.
Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi (Viruddh… Family Comes First) – Sung by Shankar Mahadevan, this song it is a must for every Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganpati Apne Gaon Chale (Agneepath) – This is another visarjan song featuring Amitabh Bachchan, was shot in real locations. This is from the original Agneepath.
Deva Ho Deva (Hum Se Badkar Kaun) –Again a must song in the list of best Ganesh chaturthi songs every year.
Gajanana (Bajirao Mastani) – Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, this track again brings out a lot of emotions. Everyone just wants to keep listening to this again and again.
That’s our list of best and all-time favorite Ganesha Chaturthi songs. Which one is yours favourite? Enjoy your festival with full enthusiasm.
Do let us know about other rituals, if any, in the comments.
Ganpati Bappa Moraya!