Ganesh Chaturthi is right around the corner, and if you want to celebrate the occasion in all its glory, you need to do few things to get your home ready. From cleaning and decorating to getting all the pooja essentials online, here's everything you need to know to prep your home for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. But first, let's cover our basics by knowing more about this famous festival.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival commemorating the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, the festival falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadra (August-September) and lasts for ten days, ending in Anant Chaturdashi. So, the festival lasts ten days, and on the eleventh day, Lord Ganesh is bid farewell with much fanfare.
The origins of Ganesh Chaturthi can be traced back to the time of the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas ask Lord Krishna how they can worship him. Krishna replies that anyone who worships him with devotion on the fourth day of the bright half of the lunar month or Chaturthi will be freed from all their sins. Since then, everyone has celebrated this festival with great devotion and enthusiasm.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees bring home an idol of Lord Ganesh and establish it in their homes to worship it for ten days, after which it is taken to be immersed in water during Ganesh Visarjan. This festival attracts devotees from all across India who celebrate it with lavish extravaganzas and excitement.
The festival was celebrated initially in Maharashtra but soon spread to other parts of India. So, if you are planning to celebrate the festival at home, here are some tips on how to get your home ready for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations:
- Clean your home: Give your home a good spring cleaning before the festival begins. It’s the most crucial step in preparing for any Hindu festival, especially Ganesh Chaturthi. Not only will it make your home look its best, but it will also help to create a sacred and pure environment for welcoming Lord Ganesh.
- Select a particular area for puja: Choose a nice and clean spot in your home where you will install the Lord Ganesh idol. You could also choose your puja room or any other suitable place like the hall or living room where everyone gets to offer their prayers and be part of the pooja rituals.
- Create a unique altar or singhasan for Lord Ganesh: You can set up a small table or shelf to create a shrine in the most idol corner of your home. Decorate it with flowers, incense, and other offerings, and be sure to place an idol of Lord Ganesh or a brass Ganesh statue
- on the altar. You can easily find ready-made idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP). However, these idols release harmful chemicals when immersed in water. Instead, opt for an eco-friendly clay idol, or get a brass Ganesh murti online for a royal touch and also lend your support to the fantastic local artists.
- Make some delicious food offerings for Lord Ganesh: Sweet foods are always popular with the Elephant God, so think about making some ladoos, halwa or modak, a special kind of sweet dumpling considered one of the favourite dishes of Lord Ganesha and is therefore used in prayers
- Go organic: When buying flowers, fruits and other offerings for puja, choose organic options to avoid harmful chemicals and pesticides. Do not use synthetic colours since they contain heavy metals that harm humans and aquatic life. Use natural colours or make your natural dyes using turmeric, sandalwood, etc. Also, try to avoid single-use plastic during the festival as a lot of waste is generated in the form of plastic bags, plates, cups, etc. Say no to single-use plastic and switch to reusable alternatives made of cloth, paper or bamboo.
To wrap it up
No matter how you celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the holiday. Don’t forget to start your preparations in advance so you can relax and enjoy the festivities with your family and friends. And don't forget to invite Lord Ganesha into your home – he is sure to bring good luck and fortune with him!