Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Date, Time, Rituals and Celebrations
Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. The festivities have already begun across the nation, with devotees waiting to welcome Ganpati Bappa with much alacrity. The 11-day long festival starts 13 September and will end on 23 September.
Before we bring Lord Ganesha home, here are some of the facts about the festival which is celebrated with much fanfare across the country:
When Is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated?
Ganesh Chaturthi – which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha – is celebrated on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. This usually falls in the months of August-September.
What Is the Best Time to Perform the Ganesha Chaturthi Vidhi?
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha was born during the Madhyahna Kala. Therefore, the Ganesh Chaturthi vidhi (rituals) is performed during this time of the day.
Ganesh Chaturthi Customs
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much pomp and show across the country. The festivities begin months in advance with artisans making idols of Lord Ganesha and devotees cleaning and decorating their homes to welcome Bappa. Beautiful pandals are created across the country in which Ganpati Bappa is placed. Devotees throng these pandals to pay their homage to Ganesha.
The rituals take place all through the 10 days, with modaks being offered to Lord Ganesha and later devoured by the devotees.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Pooja and Mahurat
Madhyahana Puja Time – 11:09 hrs to 13:36 hrs (IST). This is also considered the ideal time to bring Lord Ganesha home.
Chaturthi Tithi Begins at 04:07 am on 12 September
Chaturthi Tithi Ends at 02:51 pm, on 13 September
Moon Sighting Prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi
According to traditional rituals and practices, moon sighting is prohibited during Ganesh Chaturthi as it supposedly leads to Mithya Dosham. As goes the legend, Lord Krishna was falsely accused of stealing the precious jewel Syamantaka. Later, it turned out that he had sighted the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi, getting cursed with Mithya Dosham in return.
When To Avoid Moon Sighting:
16:07 hrs to 20:40 hrs on 12th September 2018
09:35 hrs to 21:19 hrs on 13th September 2018
Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Visarjan Dates
The visarjan or immersion of Gajanan in water takes place on Anant Chaturdasi. This year it falls on 23 September.
- Anant Chaturdashi (11 days) – September 23, 2018
- Morning Muhurta: 7:43 am – 12:13 pm
- Afternoon Muhurta: 1:43 pm – 3:13 pm
- Evening Muhurta: 6:13 pm – 10:43 pm
- Early Morning Muhurta (24 September): 1:44 am – 3:14 am and 4:44 am – 6:14 am