Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi, is an auspicious Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. God Ganesha , who is also worshipped as the elephant-headed god, is known to remove obstacles and make new beginnings auspicious. This is why he is also known as ‘Vighnaharta'.
The elephant-headed god is known by 108 different names like Gajanana and Vinayaka among others. His birth is celebrated with huge pomp and show as devotees install his idols at home and at pandals. It is especially celebrated with great zeal in Maharashtra where devotees flock to the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir. It is a 10-day long festival, where these Ganesha idols are immersed in water on third, fifth or the tenth day, as per the tradition.
Ganapati Visarjan 2019
On the last day of this holy festival, devotees immerse the Ganesha idols into the water bodies. It can be any water body (river, sea or a pond). The concluding day of the 10-day festival is known as Anant Chaturdashi where the devotees perform immersion. While Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated on the 2nd September this year, Ganesha Visarjan will be held on September 12, 2019.
Ganapati Visarjan 2019 Puja Vidhi
On the day of Visarjan (Immersion of the Ganpati Idol), the devotees come together to perform aarti (a Hindu religious way of worshipping and chanting prayers) of Lord Ganpati. After the aarti, the bhog or the prasad is distributed amongst the devotees and family members. The immersion process begins with Uttrang Puja, which involves offering oil lamp, flowers, incense sticks, fragrance and food to Lord Ganesha.
Ganapati Visarjan 2019: Shubh Mahurat
To get an idea about when you should begin Ganesha Visarjan, here are the Visarjan dates and Shubh Mahurat:
1. September 3
The Shubh Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan is from 12:08 PM to 1:40 PM, 3:12 PM to 4:44 PM, 7:44 PM to 9:12 PM and 10:40 PM to 3:05 AM
2. September 4
The Shubh Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan is from 10:36 AM to 12:08 PM, 3:11 PM to 6:15 PM, 7:43 PM to12:08 AM, 3:05 AM to 4:33 AM, 6:01 AM to 9:05 AM.
3. September 5
The Shubh Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan is from 6:01 AM to 10:36 AM, 4:42 PM to 6:13 PM, 12:07 PM to 1:39 PM, 9:10 PM to 10:39 PM and 12:07 AM to 4:33 AM.
4. September 8
The Shubh Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan is from 7:33 AM to 12:07 PM, 1:38 PM to 3:09 PM, 6:12 PM to 10:38 PM, 1:35 AM to 03:04 AM and 4:33 AM -to 06:01 AM.
5. September 12
Anant Chaturdashi will begin at 5:06 am on 12th September and will end at 7:35 am on 13th September.
The timings for Visarjan are as follows:
Between 6:01 am and 07:32 am, 10:34 am and 3:07 pm, 4:38 pm and 9:07 pm and between 12:05 am and 1:34 am the next day
How to do Ganesh Visarjan?
After aarti is done, the Ganesha idol is moved an inch forward, to prepare it for Visarjan. This is done to depict that it is time for the procession of Visarjan and Ganpati will leave the house now.
Devotees fervently believe that when the Ganpati idol is taken out for visarjan, the lord also takes away with himself the various obstacles of the house and these obstacles are destroyed along with the immersion.
This ritual is about bidding farewell to Lord Ganesha with deep respect and thanking him for staying with the devotees for 10 whole days. While carrying the idols to the water bodies and while immersing them, people generally chant in the Marathi language 'Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya' which means 'Goodbye Lord Ganesha, return quickly the following year'.