Traditions Followed during Ganesh Chaturthi

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House Cleaning

In order to welcome Lord Ganesha, devotees start their preparations well in advance. They clean their house, whitewash it and make a special podium for installing the Ganesha idol. The podium is decorated with garlands and lights. Image source: im.rediff.com

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House Cleaning
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Installation

Once the cleaning and decorations are over, a Ganesha idol is installed on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesha idols are brought home with great enthusiasm, fun and frolic. Image source: indianmandaps.tradeindia.com

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Installation
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Pooja

After the idol is installed, the pooja ceremonies start. The priest or the elder member of the family begins the pooja. The face of the idol which is covered with a cloth is finally revealed. The priest sprinkles holy water and starts the aarti. The first is said to bring life to the Ganesha idol. Modak, fruits and other sweets are offered in the form of Prasad to the lord Ganesha which is later distributed as Prasad to the devotees. Image source: blog.ntsplhosting.com

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Pooja
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Morning and Evening Aarti

Morning and evening aartis are considered very important and are conducted at a specific time. Image source: indusladies.com

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Morning and Evening Aarti
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Sweets

Various sweets are made during Ganesh Chaturthi. However, nothing can beat the importance which modak enjoys during the festival. Special varieties of modaks such as plain modak, steamed modak, stuffed modak and kesari modak are available in the market. Devotees take extra efforts and even make modaks at home to offer to their favourite lord. Image source: timescitycontent.com

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Visarjan

On the last day of Ganeshotsav, idols are taken for immersion. The respectful departure of Ganesha idols is done by immersing them into the sea or other water bodies. Image source: udaipurtimes.com  

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Visarjan
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