- The 10-day long festival will end on 5th September, 2017
- Lord Ganesh is considered as the harbinger of luck and success
- Lord Ganesha is believed to leave for Mount Kailasha on the 11th day
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Significance of Ganpati Visarjan
Lord Ganesh is considered as the harbinger of luck, success and prosperity. Devotees bring him home so that he can bless them and celebrate his homecoming with much grandeur. On the 11th day on Ganesh Visarjan, Lord Ganpati is believed to leave for Mount Kailasha along with all the misfortunes of his devotees and shower blessings on them.
It is believed during these 10 days of puja, the deity who is formless is invoked in the idols; a process called Praank Pratishtha. The devotees then are able to channel their devotion and prayer before the deity returns back. This practice also serves as a subtle reminder to the devotee about the transitory nature of life and how our physical form is returned to the elements after death.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Ganpati Visarjan Procedure
Before immersing Lord Ganpati's clay idol in water on the day of Ganpati Visarjan, it is imperative to perform aarti and important mantras should be chanted. After the aarti, bhog in the form of modaks and sweets are offered to the deity and prasad is served to all the devotees.
The Ganesh visarjan commences with the Uttarang Pooja that involves five elements which may include Deep (oil lamps), Gandh (fragrance), Naivedya (food), Dhoop (incense) and Pushp (flowers). Before leaving the house, one of the devotees should pick and move the idol about one inch forward; this is to signify that the devotees will take him for visarjan.
All the devotees shower Akshat on the deity and rest a spoonful of curd on his outstretched palm with a wish for him to visit their house again.
Take a red cloth and put dry coconut on it and stuff it with jaggery and five different grains and tie a knot. Now tie the cloth around Lord Ganesh's hand. This signifies the food prepared for his journey.
The idol is then led to the place of immersion with continuous chanting of 'Ganpati Bappa Moriya'. The idol is then immersed and for one last time devotees pray for his safe journey and his blessings for the year ahead.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Date and Mahurat Timings
Ganesh Visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi Day
Auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan
Morning Muhurta (Char, Labh, Amrit) - 09:32 am to 14:11 pm
Afternoon Muhurta (Shubh) - 15:44 pm to 17:17 pm
Evening Muhurta (Labh) - 20:17 pm to 21:44 pm
Night Muhurta (Shubh, Amrit, Char) - 23:11 pm
Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Visarjan Tithi
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins at 12:14 pm on 4th September 2017
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends at 12:41 pm on 5th September 2017