Gowri-Ganesha Festival – Aug 28-29 2014

ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಗೌರಿ ಗಣೇಶ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು


Pictures taken in 2008 after the morning pooja at my residence before leaving to work:


Pooja preparations:


Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.



Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:


Kadabu for Lord.


After the morning pooja and naivedya.


Close up of the Lord.


Evening Pooje.IMG_2050

Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.


Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.


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 Thursday August 28th and Friday August 29th 2014.

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.

The Legend:

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.

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

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
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.


35 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Veda Sri on August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Could you please upload Swarna Gowri varta vidhana? I’m looking for the text version.



  2. Posted by meeraghu on August 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I don’t have the vrata vidhana, I will try to find one.


  3. Posted by shruthi on August 30, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Hi, can u plz post the recipe of kaayi kadubu which we make for ganesha habba..


  4. Posted by surekha on August 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    hi, The website is superb.It is very informative.I would recuest u to give pooja vidhana to all the festivals.thank u.


  5. Posted by Prathibha on September 1, 2008 at 1:53 am

    i could’nt do the puja on 2 & 3rd due to my personal problem, please let me know can i do some other day gowri ganesha festival. (there is any day to do the puja or not).

    thanks & regards,



  6. Posted by umesh bellur on September 2, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Can you please post the Varasiddhi Vinayaka Pooja Vidhana in Sanskrit text form? Thanks.


  7. Posted by Ram on September 2, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Hello prathibha,

    You can goto ganesha temple and speak to the poojari who will be able to guide u on which other date u can do the pooja at home. yes sure u can do the pooja on another day, as its not the day that is important, but the worship and love you have for god…..

    besh wishes


  8. Posted by meeraghu on September 2, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Hi Umesh,
    I don’t have any soft copy of the pooja vidhana, it is too detailed and would take a long time for me to get it live. Hopefully, I will try to get it next year.


  9. Hi. I saw your website, and it is really nice. Its very rare that we see websites like this on the internet, and i am really very happy. Here’s wishing you a very very happy gowri and ganesha festival. God bless you.


  10. Posted by meeraghu on September 4, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Sanjay. Happy Ganesha Festival to u 2.


  11. Posted by Rathna on May 23, 2009 at 2:26 am


    This site very good and colourful. I liked it very much because probably the one who have programmed / informations of hindu festivals might be a brahmin to which category I too belong.

    The languages you have used or the names are of kannada words like, kayikadubu, kosambari, palya, nucchina unde, ambode, majjigehuli etc. Then you must have taken care while keying in the words “BHADRAPADA SHUKLADA CHAUTHIYANDU” this should have been keyed whereas it reads as “BHADRAPADA SHUKLADA CHAUTHI ANDU”. Hope you can understand what I mean. If possible, please change it as how spelled first. Likewise it is : Ganesha banda kayi kadubu thinda chikka kereli bidda dodda kereli edda”

    Hope you will do it.



  12. Posted by Sharada on August 18, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Good & needed


  13. Posted by Ranjini on August 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you soo much for the link provided for the Siddi Vinayaka Vrata and Swarna Gowri Vrata vidana.

    Most welcome, Ranjini.


  14. Posted by satish.n on August 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    happy gowri & ganesha festival.


  15. Posted by meeraghu on August 21, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Thanks so much, and same to you as well.


  16. Posted by lr on August 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    your website is awesome. Keep up the good work.
    I am looking for Swarna Gowri vratha vidhana in telugu.
    Please send me the link for Swarna Gowri vratha vidhana in telugu.

    I really appreciate your help.


    LR, I don’t have any idea since I don’t know Telugu. May be available online.


  17. Posted by vasantharao dusthakar on September 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕೃಷಿ ಬಹುಳ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನಕಾರಿ , ಹಬ್ಬ ಗಳ ಸಮಾಚಾರವು ತಿಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡೆ
    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಋಣಿ


  18. Posted by meeraghu on September 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    ಶ್ರೀ ವಸಂತರಾವ್ ದುಸ್ಥಕರ್ಅವರೇ,
    ನಾನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಋಣಿ ಆಗಿರಬೇಕು. ನೀವು ತಪ್ಪದೆ ಬರೆಯುವುದು ನೋಡಿ ತುಂಬ ಸಂತೋಷವಗುತದೆ. ತುಂಬ ತುಂಬ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.



  19. Posted by Sahnthini on September 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Visited your colourful useful and site on poojas. The picture of your Gowri/Ganesha pooja was heartwarming.

    We are celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi in our compound. My daughter is singing this slokha;

    gajananam bhoothe ganathi sevitham

    kabitha jamboo palasara bakshitham

    umasutham shoka vinasha karanam

    namami vigneshwara patha pankajam.

    Can pls give me the meaning of this slokha if its not too much trouble?

    Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!




  20. Posted by Shanthini on September 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Visited your colourful and useful site on poojas. The picture of your Gowri/Ganesha pooja was heartwarming.

    We are celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi in our compound. My daughter is singing this slokha;

    gajananam bhoothe ganathi sevitham

    kabitha jamboo palasara bakshitham

    umasutham shoka vinasha karanam

    namami vigneshwara patha pankajam.

    Can pls give me the meaning of this slokha if its not too much trouble?

    Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!




  21. Posted by lakshmisha on September 4, 2010 at 2:37 am


    This blog is very very very informative and useful. You are giving such vital information about several issues are really useful. Pl keep it up and upload such informatio in future also.
    In this context, I want one information as detailed below –

    I have compiled the Gowri Vratha Puja and the storey, in KANNADA (with the OLD BOOKS available with me). Pl let me how to upload the same in this blog, so that people who are interested can make use of it.

    Pl do help me and contributing some small information which could be of useful to the needy one.

    Expecting yr reply by rtn



  22. Posted by suryanarayana.v.n on September 4, 2010 at 2:55 am

    This time both Gowri and Ganesha festival same day usually it Ganesha follows Gown . HAPPY GOWRI AND GANESHA FESTIVAL may god bless every body.



  23. Posted by divya on September 6, 2010 at 4:30 am

    hey meera,
    your blog is too very nice and useful.. thanks for all the infor available.. 🙂 nimge gowri ganesha habbada haardika shubahsyagalu.
    Also, thank you very much for making available sampatu shukravarada haadu. i love that very much and was in search for a book since long time.


  24. Posted by Shwetha on September 7, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Thank you so much.. 🙂


  25. Meera,

    Thank you very much for sharing the photos and the list of items to be cooked for the habba. Can you please share some snaps of the Swarna Gowri habba if you don’t mind. I’m always at a loss on decorating the pooja space and it will help to look at the snaps.

    Thanks in advance.



  26. hi meera
    hartalika pooja ia on 10 sep please send katha o f haritalika
    u r site is so informative thank u


  27. Posted by Prakruthi on September 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Shanti,
    The meaning of the shloka goes like this:
    Gajaananam- One who has an elephant face
    Bhootaganadi sevitam- One who is worshipped by all living beings
    Kapitha jamboo phala saara bhakshitam- One who eats fruits such as Kapittha (not sure of the kannada name) and jamboo (neralehannu)
    Umasutam- son of Uma/ Parvati
    Shokavinashakaranam- One who wards off difficulties
    namami vighneshwara paada pankajam- I bow to that lord who wards away all obstacles and also offer flowers to his devine feet.



  28. Posted by Krishna on September 9, 2010 at 10:28 am


    It would be very kind of you if you can upload the Ganesha Pooja Text script.

    I have been eagerly searching for it.



  29. Posted by shilpa on September 10, 2010 at 1:43 am



  30. Posted by vishalakshi srinivas on September 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    wish u happy gowri ganesha feast.


  31. Posted by Gautham Narsimhaprasad on September 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the shloka for ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ.
    This comes as part of the Shamanthakopakhyana(Story). I was looking for it and found it on your blog.

    Gowri Ganesha Habbada Shubhashayagalu !!!


  32. Posted by Lachi on September 18, 2012 at 2:53 am

    ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಗೌರಿ ಗಣೇಶ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು


  33. Posted by namita rao on August 17, 2013 at 1:48 am

    is there something i can do to convert d procedure in devanagiri lipi, i can’t read kannada nor am i very savvy with web
    pl. help
    will b grateful


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