Ganesh Chaturthi CelebrationPeople celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with extreme enhusiasm. The entire celebration of this festival goes on for ten days. On the final day of the festival, the devotees of Ganesha observe a whole day fast and take out a long procession of the Lord. During these ten days, the devotees gather together for the celebration every day at the temporarily arranged Pandal to worship their deity. Throughout these days, the idol is worshipped with devotional songs, offering of flowers and lamps, along wth sweets. During the puja, a sweet called "modak" is offered to the god.
People perform riual bath early in the morning and wear new clothes and get ready to do ganapati puja. They adorn ganesha idol with flower garlands and sandalwood paste. A Kalash or pot filled with water and rice is to be installed before invoking ganesha idol. It is also called Purna Kumbha.
After Kalash sthapana, ganesha idol is invoked chanting mantras. Devotees then light lamp and offer aarti to the lord reciting aarti mantras. They offer special recipes and offer Ganesha. They light diya or deepam and incense sticks.
After the entire puja process is completed, devotees break their fast by taking prasad.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all.