How to Perform Ganesh Pooja on Ganesha Chaturthi in 2012, as per their moon signs

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of 'Ananta Chaturdashi'.

A life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha is made 2-3 months prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The size of this idol may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet.

On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people to view and pay their homage. The priest, usually clad in red silk dhoti and shawl, then invokes life into the idol amidst the chanting of mantras. This ritual is called 'pranapratishhtha'. After this the 'shhodashopachara' (16 ways of paying tribute) follows. Coconut, jaggery, 21 'modakas' (rice flour preparation), 21 'durva' (trefoil) blades and red flowers are offered. The idol is anointed with red unguent or sandal paste (rakta chandan). Throughout the ceremony, Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda and Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, and Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana are chanted.

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. All join in this final procession shouting "Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya" (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the river to immerse it.

The whole community comes to worship Ganesha in beautifully done tents. These also serve as the venue for free medical checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, dramatic performances, films, devotional songs, etc. during the days of the festival.

Acharya V Shastri 
Recommends for all twelve Indian moon signs.
Chant the following mantra, while placing the mukut on the idol

Asmin Bimbe Chitrapate
Maha-Ganapataye Namah
Vastrartha Mukutam

* Sound the bell for 5 seconds.

Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as pran-prathishta. The Pran Prathista mantra in Sanskrit to be invoked is found in the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha.

Now Ganesh’s soul is invoked in the idol and you can start performing the customary puja rituals/bhajans.

Saraswati Mantra -

saraswati namastubhyam varade kaama roopinee
poojaarambham karishyaami siddhir bhavatu mein sadaa

English meaning:

Goddess Saraswati, my salutations to you. I am starting the puja, please bless me with knowledge.

*Make a resolve to perform the pooja.

Make a resolve Mantra -

mama upaatta samasta durita kshaya dwaaraa parameshwara preeti
artham mahaa ganapati poojaam karishye

Prepare the pooja thali with the following items:

    21 blades of Dhruva grass
    21 Modak (Modak is the favourite food of Lord Ganesh)
    Pack Of Agarbattis (Incence Sticks)
    Betel Leaf & Supari (Betel nut)
    Janahav (Cotton String worn by Hindus)
    Cotton packet (Used for making cotton wicks)
    Abir (Black powder used for applying tilak)
    Gulal (Red powder used for applying tilak)
    Stick of Sandalwood (Used in making sandalwood paste)
    Packet Of Camphor
    Pouch Of Dhoop (Natural extract from trees)

*Pray Guru

Guru Mantra -

English wording:
gurur brahma guruvishnuh gurudevo maheshwara
gurussakshaat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namah

English meaning:
The teacher is the embodiment of the trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. To that Guru, who is none other than God himself, I salute.

Prepare the Nandadeep (lamp) by pouring oil in it and making a cotton wick.

*Meditate upon Lord Ganesh

English wording:
shuklaambara sharam vishnum shashi varnam chaturbhujam
prasanna vadanam dhyaayet sarvavighnopa shaantaye

English meaning:
I meditate upon Lord Ganesh, who is wearing bright colored clothes, and has four arms, pleasant faced Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles.

Make arrangements for garland to be placed around Lord Ganesha’s neck.

*Invite the Lord to accept your worship.
asmin bimbe chitrapate
maha-ganapataye namah
karpura nirajanam
acamaniyam samarpayami

English meaning:

I offer camphor aarti to Lord Ganesh in this beautiful form. After the camphor aarti, pure water is offered to Him.

*Welcome the Lord with flowers and water
I welcome the Lord with these flowers and kalash of water.

Fill the kalash (copper pot) with water and arrange flowers.

*Offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar. At the end offer water from the kalash. Pour the mixture of all these five items into the Charanamrit set. Offer everything with Charanamrit Set. Dip flowers in the kalash and offer to the Lord.

*Worship the Lord with a bit of kumkum (sindoor), haldi (turmeric powder), abir (black powder) and a paste made out of sandalwood bar.

*Offer the benevolent Lord the traditional Dhoop Aarti with Brass Dhoop Lamp and circle the Lord Ganesha Idol three to five times in the clock wise direction

* – Perform The Lord Ganesha Aarti – Jai Ganesh Deva/Jai Dev Jai dev(famous marathi arti)  with the traditional Niranjan Lamp. All the five oil cotton wicks of the Niranjan should be lighted as this a part of the customary ritual of the traditional Ganesh Pooja

While i was in Maharashtra, this was the famous marathi lyrics of jai dev jai dev arti that would linger in the temples of Ganesha :

Jai Dev Jai Dev Arti

Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll

Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi ll
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi ll
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi ll
Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
Ratnakhachit Phara Tujh Gaurikumra ll
Chandanaachi Uti Kumkumkeshara ll
Hirejadit Mukut Shobhato Bara ll
Runjhunati Nupure(2) Charani Ghagriya ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll
Lambodar Pitaambar Phanivarvandana ll
Saral Sond Vakratunda Trinayana ll
Das Ramacha Vat Pahe Sadana ll
Sankati Pavave Nirvani Rakshave ll
Survarvandana ll
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ll
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ll

For those who have difficulty in saying the Marathi words, here is Jai Ganesh Deva, the popular arati of Lord Ganesha :

Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki  parvati pita mahadeva

Ek dant dayavant
Char bhuja dhari
Mathe pher sindur sohe
Muse ki sawari

Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva …

Pan chadhe phul chadhe
Aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage
Sant kare seva

Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva …

Andhan ko ankh
det Kodhin ko kaya
Banjan ko putra det
Nirdhan ko maya

Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva …

Vighne harane mangala karane
Puhan puhan prakash
Nama le Ganesh ka
Siddha ojata kaja

Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh deva …

After doing the arati,

* Stand up straight. Fold your hands and do pranam/namaste. Turn clock wise three times. Do namaskar to the benevolent Lord Ganesha.

Take prasad and distribute it to everyone present. Take blessings from Lord Ganesha for a happy and prosperous life.

After reciting the following Shanti Mantra, cleanup your pooja place
sarve santu sukhinah
sarve santu niramayah
sarve bhadrani pashyantu
maa kashchid sukhabhag bhavet

*OM Ganeshaya Namah*

On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house. Feel His Presence in it.

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord. This really means avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day.

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your undertakings.

Acharya V Shastri Recommends for all twelve Indian moon signs. Chant following mantra as per their moon signs.

For Aries
“Aum vighna nashanaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Taurus
“Aum vikataya namah”
Chant Daily One time

For Gemini
“Aum lambodaraya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Cancer
“Aum gajakarnikaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Leo
“Aum kapilaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times daily

For Virgo
“Aum ekadantaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Libra
“Aum sumukhaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Scorpio
   “Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Sagittarius
“Aum kshipra prasadaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Aquarius
“Aum vakratundaya hum”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Capricorn
“Aum shri ganeshaya namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

For Pisces
“Aum gam ganapataye namah”
Chant Daily 108 times

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path! May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation!

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