Monday, 24 September 2012
Rituals Performed During Ganesha Festival
Ganesha Chaturthi has its own significance. It has been getting celebrated with loads of spirit and faith since ages. It has been observed that the process of welcoming Lord Ganesha starts from few days before itself of the festival. Devotes of Lord Ganesha brings an idol of the deity to their home or office or in various pandals with lots of cymbal’s sound and chanting. The face of the idol is being kept till the Sthapana of the supreme power with lots of decoration around that place. It has been believed that the idol gets imbued with life after the rituals performed by the priest during the sthapana.
After this procedure, devotees perform the traditional puja that begins at designated time. The devotes worship the idol or the deity while offering him holy water and his favorite modaks along with devotional chanting with bells, cymbals and claps.
It continues for the remaining ten days of the festival, after that the time comes when the deity is ready to go back to his own heavenly abode. Immersing the idol in the water performs this ritual; this process is referred as Visarjan. Thousands of devotes of Lord Ganesha takes part in this and moves to the nearest river or the coastal areas for visarjan while chanting the line “Ganapati Bappa Morya Purchya Varshi Laukariya” again and again.