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Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Expert Advices Avoiding These 5 Mistakes During Puja Rituals – News18

This year Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 19.

Ganpati festival is celebrated for 10 days across Maharashtra.

As Ganesh Chaturthi festival approaches, devotees across the country are preparing for the grand celebration of Lord Ganesha’s arrival at their homes. This ten-day festival is marked by fervent prayers, joyful gatherings, and sumptuous feasts. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi festival will be celebrated on September 19.

According to astrologer Pandit Kalki Ram from Ayodhya, some certain rules must be observed to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Tulsi, often used during puja rituals, is traditionally offered to Lord Vishnu, but should not be presented to Lord Ganesha. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha rejected Tulsi’s proposal, resulting in a curse that led to his two marriages. In retaliation, Lord Ganesha cursed her to marry a demon.

Additionally, during Lord Ganesha’s worship, it is crucial not to offer broken rice, known as Akshat. Whole-grain rice should be used as an offering instead.

Contrary to popular belief, certain flowers are not to be offered during Lord Ganesha’s worship. Devotees should refrain from offering white cloth, white flowers, white sandalwood and similar items during the puja.

When preparing bhoga or prasad for Lord Ganesha, it is vital to avoid using onion and garlic in the dishes. These ingredients are considered impure for the food prepared as prasad.

Two Ganesha idols should not coexist in the same household. It is recommended to purchase a brand-new Lord Ganesha idol for the occasion and immerse any old ones in water. Furthermore, ensure that the Ganesha idol is not placed in darkness. Adequate lighting should be made at the place of worship.

Devotees are advised to refrain from wearing blue and black-coloured clothes during the puja, as these hues are generally avoided in the worship of deities, except Lord Shani.

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