Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesha clay idols are installed in homes and elaborate pandals are also set up. Devotees keep fasts, offer prayers to the idols. Sweet modaka, which is believed to be the favourite of Lord Ganesha, is offered to the idol and distributed to the community. Ganesh Chaturthi ends on the tenth day after start by immersing the idols in a nearby water body. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually. Lord Ganesha is believed to be the god of new beginnings, the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom and intelligence. In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is observed in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. The Ganesha idol will be immersed on September 12.
Ganesh Chaturthi date: September 2, 2019, Monday
Ganesha Visarjan Date: September 12, 2019, Thursday
Per drikpanchang.com, here's Puja Muhurat timing:
Madhyahna Ganesha Puja: 11:05 am to 01:36 pm
Duration - 02 Hours 31 Minutes
Ganesha Visarjan on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time to avoid moon sighting - 08:55 am to 09:05 pm
Duration - 12 Hours 10 Mins
Chaturthi Tithi Begins - 04:57 AM on Sep 02, 2019
Chaturthi Tithi Ends - 01:54 AM on Sep 03, 2019
Ganesha Chaturthi Puja Vidhi: How to do Ganesha Puja
Ganesh Puja is preferred during Madhyahna or mid-day as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahna Kala. Shodashopachara Ganapati Puja is performed by the devotes by chanting of Puranik Mantras.
Deep-Prajawalan (diya lightining) and Sankalpa are done before starting the puja and a 16-step Shodashopachara Puja is then performed. It involves mantra chanting, idol installation, bathing the idol and several offerings to the deity.