Gowri-Ganesha Festival – August 28 and 29 2014

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.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by vasant on August 27, 2011 at 5:35 am

    i have no words, but unlimited praise.
    sampradaya is coming alive here , with all its richness and fullness, in detail , of material and spiritual life fully integrated with puja, sthothra, nivedya, art, culinary, music, bhajan—prathyaksha saakshathkaara of vighneshwara , with your enthusiasm, effort and results–not ordinarily possible except with grace of rayaru, thank you very much


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, and yes it is all rayara krupe.


      • Posted by Sudheendra on October 8, 2011 at 3:21 am


        I am Sudheendra from Hubli-Karnatak. Very much impressed with the knowledge you showering on us. My most loving songs/lyrics are here. How to express the gratitude to you? Still I don’t say thanks for this. It shall only become a formal. By the way, I am in search of a song and lyric. Pls get that if you have.

        ” Thaaye kaaye shree hari jaaye, thaaye kaaye santhoshaveeye mooru jaga thaaye, vishnu manah chaaye bhakuti varaveeye”
        Not sure about the wordings further. I heard this song sung by Mr. Puttur Narasimha nayak.

        I will be greatful if I get this.


      • Posted by meeraghu on October 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

        Thanks very much for your comments. I will try to find the lyrics for the song you have asked.

  2. Namaskara,

    Neevu adu hege bere bere fields nalli ishtondu self less activity ittukondiddero Raayare

    Devaru nimage ayuraarogya shakti needalendu haaraisi

    Hemmige Ashok


  3. Posted by santosh on November 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i like it


  4. Posted by MANJU on July 10, 2012 at 5:08 am



  5. Posted by deepa on August 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    you are doing a great job. Please keep it up. I try to see your website before each festival and learn new things everytime. Thanks a lot.


  6. Posted by Punit on August 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Where can i get Kannada version of Ganesh Chaturthi Kathe pdf ?


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