Ganesh Chaturthi, a grand festival celebrated with great enthusiasm each year, marks the commencement of festivities on the Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month and concludes with Anant Chaturdashi.
This joyous occasion is exuberantly observed across the country, prominently in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. In 2023, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 19, marking the beginning of Ganesh Utsav.
How is Ganesh Utsav celebrated?
Devotees enthusiastically welcome Lord Ganesha into their homes on Ganesh Chaturthi, accompanied by lively drum beats.
During this time, Ganpati Bappa is revered with utmost devotion. Below, we provide the auspicious timings for Lord Ganesha’s installation on Ganesh Chaturthi, along with other essential details.
Auspicious timings (muhurat) for Ganesh Sthapana
According to renowned astrologer Dr. Arvind Mishra, the Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the Bhadrapada month will commence on the 18th of September at 12:39 PM and extend until 1:43 PM on the 19th of September. Consequently, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on the 19th of September.
The propitious time for the installation of Lord Ganpati on this day is from 10:50 AM to 12:52 AM, with the most auspicious moment being from 12:52 AM to 2:56 AM.
What is the right way to install the Ganesha idol?
On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, it is customary to rise early, bathe, and don clean attire.
Cleanse the household shrine and adorn your home in anticipation of Bappa’s arrival.
In the north-east corner, place a wooden pedestal covered with a red or yellow cloth.
At the appointed time, bring the Ganapati idol home and place it on the pedestal.
Subsequently, offer vermilion, flower garlands, incense, lamps, Akshat (unbroken rice), betel leaves (paan), laddu, modak, and durva grass, among other items.
Follow the established rituals to worship Lord Ganesha regularly and immerse the idol on the fifth, seventh, or 11th day.
Significance of Ganesh Utsav
Lord Ganesha, known by various names such as Dukhharta, Auspicious, and Vighnaharta, is believed to absorb all troubles, problems, and obstacles when worshipped according to tradition during Ganesh Chaturthi.
It is said that in households where Lord Ganapati is revered with devotion, everything turns auspicious.
People eagerly await this festival throughout the year, celebrating it with great splendor.
Maharashtra, in particular, witnesses an extravagant and widespread celebration of Ganesh Utsav.