HOW TO PERFORM GANESH CHATURTI PUJA AT HOME
Ganesha is welcomed home by devotees everywhere with a lot of fanfare. Celebrated for 1 ½, 5, 7 or 10 days, Bappa arrives home as a guest and is appeased in the duration of his stay with his favourite foods, choicest decorations and Pujas or prayers as per vidhi.
What you will need for the puja
The preparation for Ganesh Chaturti starts well in advance with one giving a spic-and-span clean to the whole house before the Lord arrives. This is generally an exercise that goes into several days but it necessarily needs to be done for the Puja room / temple / place where Ganeshji will be housed and the whole home should be free of clutter.
ON THE DAY YOU WELCOME GANESHA
Sweep and wipe clean the rooms and have a bath. Bring home Ganesha with fervor among family and friends.
Once the idol is home, recite Ganesh Shlokas and pray to the Lord to be welcome in your humble abode.
You can chant a series of shloks from the Rig Veda to invoke the Lord into the idol. They are in Sanskrit and are a part of the Ganesh Suktha.
ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim kavinam – upamashravastamam |
ni shhu sida ganapate ganeshhu tvamahurvipratamam kavinam |
Sit down among the worshippers, O Ganapati, the best sage among the sages. Without You nothing can be done here or far. Accept with honor, O wealthy One, our great and variegated hymns of praise.
After this, you can start making your offerings to Ganesha. Start by lighting the auspicious lamp.
Detailed rituals are performed by Pundits and please keep in mind that more than performing exact rituals, its true devotion that is favoured by Bappa.