Gowri-Ganesha Festival – August 21st and 22nd

Pooja preparations:


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



Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:


Kadabu, Modaka and Idli for Lord.



After the morning pooja and naivedya.


Close up of the Lord.



Evening Pooje.


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 August 21st and 22nd. In USA some are doing the festival on 21st itself. So, check your local calendars.

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.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ramakrishna on August 19, 2020 at 9:56 am

    ಹರಿಃ ಓಂ

    ಗಣೇಶನನ್ನು ಕರೆದು ತಂದು ದರ್ಶನ ಕೊಡಿಸುವಂತೆ ತಾಯಿ ಗೌರಿ ದೇವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ :

    ತಂದು ತೋರಮ್ಮ ನಿನ್ನಾ ಮಗನ
    ತಾಯೆ ಉಮಾಮಹೇಶ್ವರಿಯೇ ಬೇಗ ||ಪ||
    ವಿದ್ಯೆಗೆ ಅಧಿಪತಿಯಂತೆ
    ವಿಘ್ನಗಳ ಕಳೆವನಂತೆ
    ವಿನಾಯಕನೆಂಬ ಹೆಸರಂತೆ
    ವಿಶ್ವಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ ವಂದ್ಯನಂತೆ ||೧||
    ಆನೆಯ ಮುಖವಂತೆ
    ಆಕಾಶ ತತ್ವವಂತೆ
    ಆರುಮುಖನ ಸೋದರನಂತೆ
    ಅರಿವನ್ನು ನೀಡುವನಂತೆ ||೨||
    ಕುಶಾಗ್ರ ಮತಿಯಂತೆ
    ಕುಂಭಾಸಿ ವಾಸನಂತೆ
    ಕರುಣೆಯ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯಂತೆ
    ಕರುಣೇಶವಿಠಲನ ದಾಸನಂತೆ||೩||


    Harih Om

    Prayer to Goddess Gouri Devi to bring Ganesha for us to have his Darshan:

    Tandu toramma ninnaa magana
    Taye Umamaheshvariye bega||pa||
    Vidyege adhipatiyante
    Vighnagala Kalevanante
    Vinayakanemba hesarante
    Vishvakkella vandyanante ||1||
    Aneya mukhavante
    Akasha tatvavante
    Arumukhana sodaranante
    Arivannu needuvanante ||2||
    Kushagra matiyante
    Kumbhasi vasanante
    Karuneya murtiyante
    Karuneshavithalana dasanante||4||




  2. Posted by Shruthi on August 19, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Hi Meera Madam,
    Can you let me know how to get mruthika from Mantralaya.I want to keep it with me.
    I am daily chanting rayar stotra and chant Sri Raghavendraya namaha 108 times.
    Is there any other way to perform rayar Seva.
    Please guide me.


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 19, 2020 at 8:49 am

      Shruthi, If you bring mrithika from Mantralaya you have to follow strict rules to do pooje. I also don’t have one. My Father has two, and follows very strict rules to do pooje. You can keep any book Rayaru has written for Seva, his photo also works.


  3. Posted by Shanthi Sethuraman on August 18, 2020 at 4:41 am

    What a great idol of Ganesha at your pooja Room, it is so amazing, could not say our happiness in words, then you shared the Legend of Vineyakar Story, it is so impressed. Then you have made a lot of variety dishes for Ganesa Festival, by looking all these I feel Ganasa Chathurthi has come today itself. Let God Vineyaka bless all and give us healthy and wealthy life.


  4. Posted by Anjanna on August 18, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Extremely valuable blog , thank you so much for your efforts 🙏🏻


  5. Posted by jyothi ramamurthy on August 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Dear Meeraji

    I don’t have words to appreciate your service and patience to help people about these festivals as well the slokas I am very happy I am in this group.

    thank you very much
    Let God give you health and happiness for ever.


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Jyothi. Glad the blog helps, and makes it easy to celebrate these festivals and keep our tradition going.


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