Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals of Hindus, that is celebrated across India. Regardless of different traditions, cultures, & rituals followed for celebrating this auspicious day, the core part of Ganesh Chaturthi festival remains the same!
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is celebrated all over the India especially in the Western India such as Maharashtra in the month of Bhadrapada (August to September). Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten day Hindu festival that is celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. Lord Vinayaka/ Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati.
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This festival is celebrated with great fun & faith both in serveral parts of India. Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra is famous for its grandeur! But it is also celebrated with same enthusiasm in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Goa. NRIs living in United States, Mauritius & Canada also celebrate this festival in a grand manner!
The specialty of this festival is to decorate home & the idol. Every house is adorned with colourful decorations & plentiful offerings to the Lord Ganesha. People bring variety of Ganesh idols at home on the day of the festival & place it on raised platforms in homes to view & worship till the last day. After the final offerings or pooja at anant chaturdashi people carry the idol to the river/sea to immerse & bid farewell to it!
Here we bring some unique ideas which can help you to decorate home, just before you bring the Lord Vinayaka/ Ganesha & celebrate this festival with enthusiasm.
Establish Space For Lord Vinayaka!
Firstly it is very important to find the suitable space to establish idol of lord Ganesha. The northeast corner of the home is the most appropriate as it bring happiness. So keep it clean & peaceful. To purify it sprinkle the Ganga river water if possible in all corners and rooms of the home a day before the festival begins especially in the area where you are going to place the idol. Prepare a raised platform to put the idol & decorate the place well. There should also be enough space for people for the regular worship at aarti times in your home.
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Clean Your Home:
To have the positive vibes around, discard all old items & give your home a thorough clean up. You can also sprinkle the Ganga water to attain the sense of purity to the place where you want to establish the Lord Vinayaka /Ganesha idol.
Decorate Your Wall:
Decorate the walls of your Pooja room or place where you want to put the Ganesha Idol with beautiful bright colours. You can decorate the walls by using the bright colour curtains, ribbons & balloons. You can also use sarees and dupattas to make curtains for your pooja room walls!
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You can also make use of thermocol decorated temple like structures which are readily available in the market. These thermocol structures are available in hundreds of different structural designs & colours.
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Wall decals are the modern patterns to give your monotonous walls the bright & classy look. They are available in different designs & colours. The wall decals are ideal for any room. You can stick on the Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha) wall decal to get into the spirit of festivities in a pocket-friendly way! You can also repaint your wall for the overall fresh & new look.
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Hang Decorative Items:
Hang beautiful flower garlands, bells & other door hangings from your ceiling to give your place a beautiful & a complete look. On this auspicious occasion people hang ‘torans’ made up of ashoka or mango leaves & or marigold flowers or other decorative material in the front door. You could either choose to drape the entire door or the ones that need to be hanged at the corners of the door. People also use coconut & banana leaves for various creative & unique decoration.
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The art work of Lord Vinayaka /Ganesha is the simplest way to bring the Vighnaharta to your home. If you like to paint, create an art work yourself & flaunt it!
Most Indian festival decoration ideas include the making of rangoli at the entrance of the home or pooja room or in front of the shrine of Lord Vinayaka where it is established! You can design a rangoli, by using flowers or colours. It not more, at least have a “Swastik”.
Decorate with Flowers:
Decorate your pooja room & place where the idol is established with natural flowers to give it a festive look! But while using fresh flowers, ensure to change them on a daily basis. You can also go for artificial flowers. Remember, mostly red flowers are offered to Lord Vinayaka/ Ganesha.
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Use Decorative Candles, Lamps & Diyas:
Decorate the whole home with earthen lamps & candles to complete your decorations & lighten your pooja room!
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The table lamps in the shape of Ganesha is an interesting idea to add the flavour of festivities to decorate home. Instead of lighting the only diyas, light the table lamps to create a beautiful ambience at your home. You can also illuminate your area by using series of colourful lights.
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Once you have done with your decorations now it’s time to bring Ganesha at home. Place the idol of Lord Ganesha & Kalash on a raised platform covered with red cloth & fill the empty spaces with flower petals, beads & shells. Do not forget to lighten the incenses sticks for the beautiful fragrance to build a spiritual and pure ambience.