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Ganesha Puja and Devotion

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Ganesha Puja

"Puja: noun. In Hinduism or Buddhism, the ritual daily devotion involving offering of food and drink and prayers to a deity; also written: pooja. Etymology: Sanskrit: adoration, homage." (

Puja is the act honoring and showing reverence to god. During Puja, a Hindu devotee attempts to make a personal, spiritual connection with God. In Hinduism, Puja is a daily ritual of devotion which includes prayers, songs, offerings of food, and care of idols.

Virtual Ganesha Puja

How to perform Ganesha puja.
Performed by Sri Seetharam Sastry

Ganesha Chaturthi Pooja and Aarti.
Performed in the back-streets of Puttaparthi, India - 2006

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Offerings for Ganesha

patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati |
tad aham bhakty-upahritam asnami prayatatmanah |

"Whoever offers me a leaf, a flower, a fruit or some water with devotion and a pure heart, that I accept." (Bhagavad Gita - 9.26)


Modak is a popular sweet, mainly prepared on the first day of Ganesha Chaturthi that lasts for 10 days. On all these ten days, a special sweet is prepared and offered to Lord Ganesha and then distributed as "prasad" to all the members of the family and friends.

  • 1kg. powdered sugar
  • 100 gms. almonds
  • 100 gms. pistachios
  • 200 gms. sugar
  • A pinch of cardamom powder
  • 1 kg. khoya (Cream)

Add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder to the khoya. Khoya is sweet or fresh cream heated with constant stirring to a near solid state. Mix together and knead to make soft dough. Separately make a mixture of pistachios and almonds (cut into small bits) and 200 gms of sugar. Lightly grease the palms, take out a small ball of the prepared dough. Make a hollow in the middle of the ball and place about a teaspoonful of the almond and pistachios mixture. Carefully pull up the sides and gather them at the top, giving it a conical shape, or the shape of a fig.

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Ganesha Devotion

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Ganesha Songs, Mantras and Prayers

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