Vinayaka Chaturti is the most popular festival celebrated by the Hindus all over India and abroad with a great devotional fervor. There is none who can resist admiring the cute elephant face of Ganesh, the darling child of Shiva and Parvati.
The whole of India wears a festive look and mood rejoicing the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Over the years, people have started taking great delight in installing huge sized statues of Ganesh at public places to offer their worship to their most favorite God who is easily pleased and blesses their wishes to fulfillment.
Here is the general procedure of performing Vinayaka Chaturthi puja and vrat at home:
Beginning of Vrat
The devotees should get up early and take bath during the Brahma Muhurat. Wearing red-coloured clothes is believed to be auspicious. Getting up early helps win the heart of not just Lord Ganesha but all the Gods. Moreover, it is said that the concentration capacity of the mind is pretty much higher in the early hours of the morning. Hence, the devotee is able to concentrate better.
Installing The Idol Of Lord Ganesha
Install an idol of Lord Ganesha at the place of worship. The idol can be made of any metal (gold, silver, copper, zinc, etc. or even clay). Take a vow of fasting and then offer the Puja before the idol of Lord Ganesha and perform the Arti. Offer some vermilion to Lord Ganesha. Chant the Mantra – Om Gam Ganpataye Namah.
Offering On Vinayaka Chaturthi Vrat
Offer twenty-one strands of Durva grass while offering these to Lord Ganesha. Offer 21 laddus to Lord Ganesha. Of these, 5 laddus should be donated to a priest, five left before Lord Ganesha and the rest should be distributed among the devotees as prasad.
Stotras To Chant On Vinayaka Chaturthi
Chant Ganesha Stotra, Atharvashirsha, and Sankatnashak Stotra. Invite a priest for food, and offer something as Dakshina (usually money is given). You can eat food in the evening or observe a fast the entire day. In the evening you can chant the Ganesha Chaturthi Katha, Ganesha Stuti, Sri Ganesh Sahasranamavali, Ganesha Chalisa, Ganesha Namavali, chant the mantra – Om Ganeshaya Namah.