Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the Lord Ganesha, Son of Mahadeva and Devi Parvati. Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is observed as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is Celebrated during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the Maharashtra,where it lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.
T 2369 – Happy Ganesh Chaturthi .. prosperity peace and progress to all .. pic.twitter.com/prquIr07zg
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 4, 2016
Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesha festival 2016 Date, Muhurat & timings of Ganpati Festival
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 Date: September 5, 2016
The Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 Puja Muhurut to bring the Vigraha / Idol home is during the Shubh, Labh or Amrit Choghadiya. If you intend to bring Ganpati ji one day before, i.e. on the 4th September 2016, the Labh time is between09:33 to 11:05 and the Amrit time is 11:05 to 12:37. Ganpati ji can also be brought home (Avahana or Welcome) during the Shubh time which is between 14:10 to 15:42. The Muhurut for evening time would be the Shubh time which is between 18:47 to 21:42. Please note these Timings are as per panchang of Mumbai, India.
The Ganesh Staphna (installation of the Idol) on Ganesh Chaturthi day, i.e. on 5th September 2016 can be done at Amrit time between 06:28 to 08:00 or Shubh Time i.e. between 09:32 to 11:05. Ganesh Pooja is preferred during Madhyanhana on Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahana Kaal which is between 14:09 and 15:42. The Muhurut time specified above is the best Muhurut to perform the Ganesh Puja and to perform any work.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 Puja vidhi(Method), How is it Celebrated?
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.
Ganpati Aarti and Mantra, Marathi Songs, Top Ganesh Bhajans, Ganesh Aarti & Ganesh mantra:-
Ganpati Aarti – Lata Mangeshkar
Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 , Ganpati Festival Greetings, Messages, SMS
President’s Greetings on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted fellow citizens on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi.
In his message, the President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I convey warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow countrymen.
May Lord Ganesha, the God of learning, knowledge and wealth remove all obstacles on the path of progress and prosperity of our nation. May the blessings of Lord Ganesha be upon all and bestow good fortune and happiness. Let us on this day dedicate ourselves to building a strong and vibrant nation”.
Vice President Greets People on Ganesh Chaturthi
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has greeted the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. In a message, he said that Lord Ganesh is revered as an embodiment of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune in our country. Invoking Lord Ganesh before start of any good work and project is a common practice, he added.
Following is the text of Vice President’s message:
“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ marking the birth of Lord Ganesh.
In our country Lord Ganesh is revered as an embodiment of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Invoking Lord Ganesh before start of any good work and project is a common practice across our country.
May this festival bring peace, harmony and prosperity in our country.”
Use eco-friendly Clay Ganesha, painted with natural colors.Practice eco-friendly procedures in your daily life. pic.twitter.com/2vsEYO6ImT
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) September 3, 2016
#GaneshChaturthi greetings to everyone. May the blessings of Lord Ganesh always remain with us. Ganpati Bappa Morya!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2016
It is alwys a pleasure & a joy to pray to Lord Ganpati at my friends @AnilKapoor & Sunita’s house. #GaneshChaturthi pic.twitter.com/tuwAmm69Iy
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 5, 2016
This #GaneshChaturthi, sand artist @sudarsansand appeals India to #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/ntIPJCaggC
— Times of India (@timesofindia) September 5, 2016