Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest festivals of the country. It is celebrated all across India with a lot of zeal. However, this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic things aren't happening the way they normally do. There are a lot of rules in place with the Ganesh Visarjan this year and all the rituals will happen to keep in mind the precautionary measures.
Importance Of Ganesh Visarjan
The ritual of Ganesh Visarjan is performed to portray the birth cycle of Lord Ganpati. Lord Ganesha was created from clay. Bringing home an idol of Lord Ganesha or preparing it at home symbolises his birth. Lord Ganesha then stays at the home of the devotees. After his stay, Lord Ganesha's idol is immersed in water and this signifies that he is returning his home. The idol then breaks down to the clay and mixes with water eventually.
It is Ganesh Visarjan today and this year, if you have taken the eco-friendly route then here are the things you need to keep in mind. Astrologer Sonia Malik has shared these tips with us.
- Add a few drops of gangajal to the bucket of water in which you are going to immerse the idol of Lord Ganpati. Gangajal is holy water and is considered auspicious.
- Prepare something sweet at home and offer it to Lord Ganpati before visarjan. Lord Ganesha loves yellow coloured food, some good bhog options are besan ladoo, besan modak, or besan halwa.
- Make sure you perform the aarti before the visarjan with all family members in attendance.
- While performing the visarjan ritual, make sure you offer 5 things - incense, flowers, fragrance, food, and oil lamps.
- In a red cloth, put dry coconut, jaggery, and 5 different grains. Make a knot and tie it around Lord Ganpati's idol. This is the food for Lord Ganpati while he goes back to his home.
- After 2-3 days of visarjan, pour the water in the park or water your plants with it.
Muhurats For Ganesh Visarjan
There are four muhurats for Ganesh Visarjan this year. The first muhurat is from 9.10 am to 1.56 pm. The second muhurat will begin at 3.32 pm and end at 5.07 pm. The third muhurat for visarjan is from 8.07 pm to 9.32 pm. 10.56 pm to 3.10 am is the last muhurat of Ganesh Visarjan.
Celebrations are now restricted to homes and if you are planning to host a party at your home or going for a party then here are a few things you should keep in mind:
Make sure you wear your face mask all the time. Keep a sanitiser handy to ensure safety.
- Try to refrain from hugs or handshake to prevent the risk of the virus.
- In case you have any symptoms like cold, flu or fever then avoid stepping out of your house. Also, do not host any guests if you are unwell or they have similar symptoms.
- Avoid crowding while doing the Ganesh Visarjan or doing aarti at home. Maintain social distance at all times.
- Don't hand out sweets or prasad to the guests. You can get small boxes and keep them at the exit of your house from where they can pick it on their own and later sanitise it.
- If you are visiting someone then make sure you don't touch anything.
Take Lord Ganesha's blessings and welcome him next year again with the same enthusiasm. Happy Ganesh Visarjan!