The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on Sunday September 8th 2013 and Monday September 9th 2013 in India.
However, in United States, the festival is celebrated on Sunday September 8th 2013. Both Swarna Gowri Vrata and Ganesha Vrata is on the same day.
As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.
An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.
Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.
Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.
Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.
- Marada Bhagina for Swarna Gowri Vrata
- Sampradaayada Haadu On Goddess Gowri
We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.
Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.
As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.
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And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli
And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:
In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:
ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||
P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.
As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
Many of you have asked for the Pooja Vidhana of the festival, I do have the book for Ganesha festival, and it is several pages. I had no time at all to translate it into English. So, here is the link for the pooja vidhanas for both Gowri and Ganesha pooja. Hopefully I will have them next year.
P.S: If you have a scanned copy of the Ganesha Vrata Pooja Vidhana, please share. I can post it here.