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    Check List

    1. Altar, Deity (statue/photo), Ganesha Idol

    2. Two big brass lamps (with wicks, oil/ghee)

    3. Matchbox, Agarbatti

    4. Karpoor, Gandha Powder, Kumkum, gopichandan, haldi

    5. Sri Mudra (for Sandhyaavandan), Vessel for Tirtha, Yajnopaviita

    6. Puujaa Conch, Bell, One aaratii (for Karpoor), Two Aaratiis with wicks

    7. Flowers, Akshata (in a container), tulsi leaves, tulsi garland

    8. Decorated Copper or Silver Kalasha, Two pieces of cloth (new),

    9. Coconut, 1/2 kg. Rice, gold coin, gold chain

    10. Extra Kalasha, 3 trays, 3 vessels for Abhisheka

    11. Betel nuts 6, Betel nut Leaves 12, Bananas 6, Banana Leaves 2, Mango Leaves 5-25

    12. Dry Fruits, 5 bananas, 1 coconut - all for naivedya

    13. Panchaamrita - Milk, Curd, Honey, Ghee, Sugar, Tender Coconut Water

    14. Puja Books (Sri Ganesha Ashtottara/Sahasranama Books)

    15. Red Flowers / Red Flower Malas

    16. Modaka, Also fruits and prasad as far as possible 21 varieties.

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    Procedure

    Ganesha or Ganapati is an extremely popular God in India. He is called

    Vighneshvara or Vighnaharta, the Lord of and destroyer of obstacles.

    People mostly worship Him asking for siddhi, success in undertakings, and

    buddhi, intelligence. He is worshipped before any venture is started. He is

    also the God of education, knowledge and wisdom, literature, and the fine

    arts.

    This puja is commonly performed on Ganesh Chaturthi day ie. 4th day of

    bright half of moon in bhaadrapada month. Puja is done where possible at

    morning (6AM or earlier) and at noon. The puja at night is visarjana puja

    where lord is kept for one day ( unless the vigraha / idol is kept for more

    than one day).

    The previous night, one should think of the Lord Ganesha and mentally

    decide to perform pujaa the next day. This is the sankalpa. On the day of the

    Puja, keep the same thoughts of worshipping the Lord and take a head-bath

    (if possible an oil-bath), early in the morning. Have some soothing Indian

    Music (Shehnai or sa.ntuur or sitaar or naadasvaram - preferably any

    instrumental) going on in the background till the puujaa begins. The music

    should be pleasing (not too loud) for creating a serene mood.

    (Of course people should be internally peaceful also!)

    Wash Kalasha and fill it with clean water upto 3/4 of it. Cover and place it

    near the altar. Decorate the front door, altar and the place near the altar.

    Keep all the things for pujaa ready, near the altar.

    Observe Fast (if possible). Invite ones relatives, friends (who have bhakti

    in the Lord).

    Duration - start to aaratii - 2 hours

    Total duration - start to finish - 3 to 3.5 hours

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    At the regular altar

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    At the altar

    . . . (Sip one spoon of water after each of the above mantras. Take a little water from the vessel for

    worship with an offering spoon onto the palm and

    sip it. This is called achaman.. Just as bathing

    causes external purification, partaking water in this

    way is responsible for internal purification. This act

    is repeated thrice. Thus physical, psychological and

    spiritual, internal purification is brought about.)

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    (Due to pranayam, the rajas component decreases

    and the sattva component increases.)

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    . . . . . . . | ||

    (Repeat Achamana - given above) || (Apply water to eyes and understand that you are of

    the nature of Brahman)

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    (Holding unbroken consecrated rice (akshata) and

    an offering spoon (pali) with water in the cup of

    ones hand one should chant the mantra with the

    resolve, I of the .....lineage (gotra), ..... am

    performing the .... ritual to obtain the benefit

    according to the Shrutis, Smrutis and Puranas in

    order to acquire .... result and then should offer the

    water from the hand into the circular, shelving

    metal dish (tamhan). Offering the water into the

    circular, shelving dish signifies the completion of

    an act.)

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    (Stand and hold a fruit in hand during sankalpa)

    . . . . . | (Prostrations to your favorite deity)

    | (Prostrations to your family deity)

    | (Prostrations to the deity of this house)

    | (Prostrations to the deity of this place)

    | (Prostrations to the deity of all the materials we

    have collected)

    | (Prostrations to the Indra and shachii)

    | (Prostrations to Shiva and pArvati)

    | (Prostrations to the Lords who protect us - LakShmi

    and NArAyaNa)

    | (Prostrations to our parents)

    | (Prostrations to all the Gods)

    | (Prostrations to all Brahamanas - those who are in

    the religious path)

    | (Prostrations to Lord Ganesha, the main deity of this

    puja)

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    . || . || . || (Whoever chants or hears these names of Lord Ganesha will not have any obstacles in any of their

    endeavours)

    | || | || (We completely surrender ourselves to that Goddess

    who embodies auspiciousness, who is full of

    auspicious-ness and who brings auspicousness to

    us)

    | || (When Lord Hari, who brings auspiciousness is

    situated in our hearts, then there will be no more

    inauspiciousness in any of our undertakings)

    . || (What is the best time to worship the Lord? When

    our hearts are at the feet of Lord Narayana, then the

    strength of the stars, the moon, the strength of

    knowledge and all the Gods will combine and make

    it the most auspicious time and day to worship the

    Lord)

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    . || (When the Lord is situated in a persons heart, he will always have profit in his work and victory in all

    that he takes up and there is no question of defeat

    for such a person)

    | || (To achieve success in our work and to find

    fulfillment we should first offer our prayers

    to Lord Vinayaka and then to our teacher, then

    to the Sun God and to the holy trinity of Brahma,

    ViShNu and Shiva)

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    || (keep fruits in front of the Lord)

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    . (Purifying the body)

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    .() (Purifying hands and various parts of the body )

    | || | | || (touch the thumbs)

    |

    || | | || (touch both fore fingers)

    | || | | || (touch middle fingers)

    | || | | || (touch ring fingers)

    |

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    || | | || (touch little fingers)

    | || | | || (touch palms and over sleeve of hands)

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    .() ( show mudras)

    | (snap fingers, circle head clockwise and clap hands)

    || (shut off all directions i.e. distractions so that we

    can concentrate on the Lord)

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    | || (light the lamps)

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    (open palms and touch the ground.

    first the earth (ground) on the right hand side (since

    the