How should the Ganesh Pujan be done for gaining maximum benefit?

Contents
1. Performing ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji in the beginning of religious ritual
2. Why is the worship of Sri Ganeshji beneficial for all?
3. Righteous actions to be done during the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival
4. Spiritual experience obtained by doing ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh as per the Family tradition
5. Benefits of worshipping Sri Gaṇeshji on Sri Gaṇesh Chaturthi
6. Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and shauchashaucha
7. Important worship of Sri Ganeshji as per the Time

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1. Performing ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji in the beginning of religious ritual

It is customary to begin every religious ritual with ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji. In this ritual a small mound of unbroken rice is kept instead of the idol of Sri Ganeshji and betel nut is kept on it. In the regions like the western coast, coconut is kept instead of the betel nut. Sri Ganeshji is invoked in the betel nut or the coconut. At that time following mantra is recited:

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्‍व: ऋद्घिबुद्घिसहितं सांगं सपरिवारं सायुधं सशक्‍तिकं महागणपतिम्‌ आवाहयामि ।

Meaning: O Sri Gaṇeshji, I invoke You to come along with the Deities of supernatural powers (Riddhi-Siddhi), Your entire family, all weapons, Energy and with all valour.

With the recitation of this mantra, Sri Gaṇeshji is invoked and His ritualistic worship is done with sixteen substances (Shodashopachar-pūja). Then prayer is offered to Sri Gaṇeshji:

वक्रतुण्‍ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटिसमप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्‍नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ।।

Meaning: O Lord, who has a crooked trunk, a huge body, who is endowed with the radiance of a million suns, may all my tasks be always free of obstacles.

The betel nut in which Sri Gaṇeshji was invoked is immersed after the completion of the ritual.

2. Why is the worship of Sri Ganeshji beneficial for all?

Sri Gaṇeshji is associated with the frequencies of Desire associated with the Absolute Earth (Pruthvi) and Ether (Apa) Elements. That is why ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh is beneficial both for men and women. It helps in conserving the sattva-guṇa in the body and there is an enhancement in the thoughts about spiritual practice.

3. Righteous actions to be done during the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival

Make a rangoli daily in the courtyard and in front of the Sri Gaṇesh idol which attracts the Gaṇesh principle.

Do ritualistic worship of the Sri Gaṇesh idol everyday in the morning and evening.

After the ritualistic worship, offer arati to Sri Gaṇeshji with spiritual emotion along with all the family members.

1. After the ritualistic worship, offer arati to Sri Ganeshji with spiritual emotion along with all the family members.

2. Sing the arati in a melodious and soft voice.

3. Clap and play the cymbals gently for generation of sound (nad).

Instead of singing many aratis, sing selective aratis. But sing with the spiritual emotion that Sri Ganeshji is actually sitting in front of oneself. As far as possible do not speak to one another while offering arati. Pray together after arati. After praying, chant together for sometime.

In the evening after offering arati once again, sit with all the family members and chant ‘Om Gang Gaṇapataye Namaha’.

During the period of Sri Gaṇesh festival do maximum spiritual practice and absorb the Chaitanya present in the environment.

As compared to the superior Deities, the Ganesh frequencies remain active on Earth in a greater proportion. That is why the Ganesh frequencies convey the prayers of the Jivas residing on the Earth to the superior Deities. For a person to reach out to the superior Deities spiritual practice and high proportion of spiritual emotion is required.

4. Spiritual experience obtained by doing ritualistic worship of Sri Gaṇesh as per the Family tradition

By ritualistically worshipping the Sri Gaṇesh idol for one and half days as per the observance peculiar to family (Kuladharma) and the Family tradition (Kulachar), having the experience that the idol of Sri Gaṇeshji is in bliss too: As per the guidance of H.H. Dr. Athavale, a Saint of a high spiritual level, I started following the observances peculiar to our family (Kuladharma) and the family tradition (Kulachar). In our family, the idols of Sri Gaṇeshji and Gouri are immersed together on the seventh day. In 2006 we worshipped the Sri Gaṇesh idol only for one and a half days. At that time I experienced that the idol of Sri Gaṇeshji is in bliss too. – Mrs. Sandhya Dongre.

During the period of Gaṇesh festival, the Gaṇesh principle is active in a greater proportion. That is the reason why the devotees of Sri Gaṇeshji get various spiritual experiences. The spiritual experience of Sandhya Dongre is an example of this.

5. Benefits of worshipping Sri Gaṇeshji on Sri Gaṇesh Chaturthi

Worshipper’s physical and mental stress reduces.

The intellect of the worshipper sharpens

The intellect of the worshipper becomes steady and the subconscious mind calm.

The raja-tama in the worshipper is destroyed.

If the worshipper suffers from the distress of negative energies, it is eliminated.

The vital energy of the worshipper increases and there is increase in his work efficiency also.

The Adnya-chakra of the worshipper is activated.

The subtle body of the worshipper is purified.

The worshipper can get spiritual experience of Divine touch.

So the ritualistic worship of Sri Ganeshji, chanting His Name etc. should be done with spiritual emotion on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. Vrat of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi is also advised during the period of Sri Ganesh festival.

6. Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and shauchashaucha

If a woman among the family delivers a baby and there is ashaucha associated with a birth or the ashaucha associated with someone’s death during the period of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, the religious rites like ritualistic worship etc. should be done through a vrat-representative. The vrat-representative could be any one – sister, disciple, priest or a companion. By doing this, the vrat will not break.

7. Important worship of Sri Ganeshji as per the Time

Various religious actions to be performed during Sri Ganesh festival and the benefits available from them:

Action Benefit
(Percentage)
1. Ritualistic worship of Sri Ganesh 20
2. Observing conduct for imbibing
the Gaṇesh Principle
20
3. Chanting the Name of Sri Gaṇesh 30
4. Preventing the denigration of the
image of Sri Ganesh
30
Total 100

From the above table one can understand that one gets 30% benefit from the act of preventing the denigration of Sri Ganeshji. Here a question can arise in our mind, who will denigrate Sri Ganeshji during the period of Sri Ganesh festival? However, it is a matter of regret that such incidents are taking place regularly.

The Deities are disrespected in various ways. They are insulted through the mediums of lectures, books, plays etc. The Deities are used as a model for the advertisements of commercial products. All these denigrating incidents happen in respect to Sri Ganeshji in higher proportion. For example:

In one instance, Ganeshji has been created using various parts of a computer.

In a Marathi play ‘Ganapati Bappa Moraya’, many jokes have been cracked on Ganeshji.

In a fashion show, there is a picture of Ganeshji on the dress of a model.

An example of a weird kind of denigration of Sri Ganeshji: In one state, an idol of Sri Ganeshji is placed in front of the house of those who do not worship Him on Sri Ganesh Chaturthi day. This is inappropriate as one who does not have any reverence for the Deity will not worship the Deity and it will remain unattended.

Due to ignorance about religious scriptures, during Sri Ganesh festival the idols of Sri Ganeshji are made mostly in weird forms, shapes and using raja-tama objects. Will we attain the grace of Sri Ganeshji by doing so? In such circumstances, preventing the denigrations becomes an important worship as per the Time.

Faith is the very foundation of the worship of Deities. The denigration of Deities affects faith. Hence denigrating the Deities in this manner is harm to Dharma. Prevention of the harm to Dharma is itself abiding by Righteousness, that is, Dharmapalan as per the Time. Hence, Ganesh devotees should be alert to the disrespect of Sri Ganeshji, should educate the society on this and try to prevent the harm to Dharma. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has launched a campaign to prevent the denigration of Deities. Everyone can participate in the Samiti’s campaign.

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