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Water Sipping
By the Pūjāri

imageॐ सुमुखाय स्वाहा
ॐ एकदन्ताय स्वाहा
ॐ गजकर्णकाय स्वाहा

Aum sumukhāya svāhā
Aum ekadantāya svāhā
Aum gajakarṇakāya svāhā

Aum! Hail to the God whose face is always shining!
Aum! Hail to the God who has only one tusk!
Aum! Hail to the God with huge elephant ears!

Holding the spoon with your left hand, take a spoonful of water from the cup and place it in the right palm to rinse the hand, letting the excess fall onto the floor or a tray. Put another spoonful of water into the right hand, intone “Aum sumukhāya svāhā” and sip the water. Repeat for the second and third lines, then rinse the right hand again.§

विघ्नेश्वर प्रार्थना
Vighneśvara Prārthanā

ॐ सुक्लांबरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
प्रसन्न वदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥

Aum śuklāmbaradharam vishṇum
śaśivarṇaṁ chaturbhujam
prasanna vadanaṁ dhyāyet

Aum. O Lord dressed in splendid white, pervading the universe, shining radiantly like rays of the full moon, having four mighty arms and a charming, happy face, we meditate on you that all obstacles may be quelled.§


Salute Lord Gaṇeśa by holding hands in añjali mudrā, the prayerful pose. Then, while reciting the verse, tap your temples lightly with your knuckles three times, as in the photo. Alternatively, you may cross your arms before your face, the left hand tapping the right temple and vice versa. Return your hands to añjali mudrā while reciting the last words of the chant.§

Dedication of Pūjā
Statement of Purpose

ॐ अद्य पूर्वोक्त एवंगुणसकल
विशेषेण विशिष्टायां अस्यां शुभतिथौ
ॐ महागणेश्वर उद्दिश्य महागणेश्वरप्रीत्यर्थं
यथा शक्ति (name of city) देशे (period of day)
ध्यानावाहनादि गणेशपूजां करिष्ये ।
ॐ अप उपस्पृश्य

Five periods of the day (insert one in chant)§

उषः काल ushaḥ kāla, dawn
प्रातः कालprātaḥ kāla, morning
मध्याह्नकालmadhyāhnakāla, noon
सायङ्कालsāyaṅkāla, evening
ऊर्ध्वयामकालūrdhvayāmakāla, night

Aum adya pūrvokta evaṅguṇasakala
viśesheṇa viśishṭāyām asyāṁ śubhatithau
Aum Mahāgaṇeśvaraṁ uddiśya
Mahāgaṇeśvara prītyartham
Mahāgaṇeśvara prasāda siddhyartham
yathā śakti (chant city) deśe (insert the time of day)
dhyānāvāhanādi Gaṇeśa pūjāṁ karishye
Aum apa upaspṛiśya

At this particularly auspicious moment, time and place, on this auspicious day, so that we may realize the fullness of your grace, to the best of our ability this (insert time of day) Gaṇeśa pūjā we shall now perform. Aum. By touching pure water we become pure.§


While reciting this statement of purpose, take a pinch of rice and hold it at chest height in your closed right palm, with open left hand underneath. Insert the time of day and the place where indicated. As you chant the last word, karishye, gently toss the rice toward the base of the image. Then, with the left hand, place a spoonful of water into your right palm and ritually wash both hands with the water by wiping the palms together a few times as you recite “Aum apa upa spṛiśya.” Once the saṅkalpam has been chanted, the pūjā must not be interrupted or abandoned until the concluding mantras are recited.§

आवहनम् आसनम्
Āvāhanam, Āsanam
Welcoming and
Offering a Seat

ध्यायामि । आवाहयामि ।
रत्नसिंहासनं समर्पयामि ।

dhyāyāmi, āvāhayāmi, ratnasiṅhāsanaṁ samarpayāmi§


We now meditate on you, O Lord, and invite you to sit upon the jewel-studded, lion throne we have prepared for you. §

Offer a pinch of rice to the Deity as you chant each of the three words before “samarpayāmi.” Visualize Gaṇeśa seated on a gem-studded throne before you, smiling, full of blessings, waiting to be honored as a guest in your home.§

Washing the Lord’s
Feet and Hands

पादयोः पाद्यं समर्पयामि ।
हस्तयोः अर्घ्यं समर्पयामि ।

pādayoḥ pādyam samarpayāmi
hastayoḥ arghyam samarpayāmi

We now humbly bathe each of your white lotus feet and gently wash each of your precious hands, Lord Gaṇeśa.§

With your right hand offer a spoonful of pure water by holding it up before the Deity momentarily and then placing it in the tīrtha cup. This is how all water offering is done throughout the pūjā. As you chant the first line, visualize yourself bathing the feet of Gaṇeśa. Offer a second spoonful of pure water as you intone the next line and visualize yourself washing His hands. §

Offering Water to
Quench His Thirst

ॐ भूर्भुवः सुवः आचमनीयं समर्पयामि ।§

Aum bhūr-bhuvaḥ suvaḥ āchamanīyaṁ samarpayāmi§

Aum! In all three worlds, we humbly offer you fresh, pure water for sipping.§



Offer a spoonful of pure water to Gaṇeśa. Visualize His accepting it in His Hand and sipping it.§


imageॐ सुरसिन्धुसमानीतं सुवर्णकलशास्थितम् ।
स्नानार्थं गृह्यतां शम्भो सलिलं विमलं गणेश ॥
गङ्गास्नानं समर्पयामि

Aum surasindhu samānītam suvarṇakalaśāsthitam |
snānārthaṁ gṛihyatām śambho salilam vimalam gaṇeśa ||
gaṅgāsnānam samarpayāmi

We now bathe you, beloved Lord Gaṇeśa, the pure one, with the water that was brought from the Ganges in the golden pot. We have bathed you in sacred Gaṅgā water.§

While ringing the bell and reciting this verse, dip a flower into the tīrtha water and gently sprinkle the Deity. Do this three times or more. Hold the flower in your right hand in the mṛigi mudrā, the stem between your third and fourth fingers. If the altar design allows, you may pour water over the mūrti, rather than sprinkling it during this chant. §

and Offerings

imageवस्त्रार्थं मङलाक्षतान् समर्पयामि
उपवीतार्थं मङ्गलाक्षतान् समर्पयामि
ॐ गन्धं गृहाण सुरभिमन्धकासुरसूदन ।
कुङ्कुमदिसमायुक्तं कुलाचलनिकेतन ॥
दिव्य परिमल विभूति चन्दन कुंकुमं समर्पयामि

vastrārtham maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi
upavītārtham maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi
Aum gandhaṁ gṛihāṇa surabhim andhakā surasūdana,
kuṅkumadi samāyuktaṁ kulāchalaniketana
divya parimala vibhūti chandana
kuṅkumam samarpayāmi

imageWe give you this auspicious unbroken rice, our magnificent Lord, that you may enjoy resplendent clothing. We give you auspicious unbroken rice, Lord Gaṇeśa, that you may be handsomely adorned with a white, cotton sacred thread. Aum. O Lord, the destroyer of the demon Andhakāsura, you who resides in the Himālayas, please accept the good smelling chandana with kuṅkuma and choice offerings.§

Dress the Deity. Offer a pinch of unbroken rice while chanting each of the first two lines. Repeat the third and fourth lines over and over as you decorate the Deity with flowers. The last line is recited once while applying vibhūti (holy ash), chandana (sandalpaste) and kuṅkuma. (red powder). §



तदुपरि मङ्गलाक्षतात् समर्पयामि ।
पूजार्थम् नानाविधपत्र पुष्पाणि समर्पयामि ।

tadupari maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi pūjārtham nānāvidhapatra pushpāṇi samarpayāmi§

We now offer this auspicious unbroken rice. And for the fulfillment of our devotion, we offer many kinds of fresh, blooming flowers, our peerless Lord.§

A pinch of rice is offered with the first line. A handful of flowers is offered with the second.§


ॐ वनस्पत्युद्भवैः दिव्यैः नानागन्धसमन्वितैः ।
आघ्रेयधूपदीपनां धूपो-यं प्रतिगृह्यताम् ॥
दशाङ्ग गुग्गुलोपेतं सुगन्धं सुमनोहरम् ।
आघ्रेयःसर्वदेवानां धूपो-यं प्रतिगृह्यताम् ॥
धूपमाघ्रापयामि धूपानन्तरमाचमनीयं समर्पयामि
मङ्गलाक्षतान् समर्पयामि

Aum vanaspatyudbhavaiḥ divyaiḥ
āghreyadhūpadīpānām dhūpo-yam pratigṛihyatām.
daśāṅgam guggulopetam sugandhan sumanoharam,
āghreyaḥ sarvadevānām dhūpo-yam pratigṛihyatām.
dhūpānantaram āchamanīyam samarpayāmi
maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi

imageThe finest incense, of magical qualities, of full and varied fragrances, Lord Gaṇeśa, we set aflame and offer to you in this, our home. Incense of the finest resins and perfumes, incomparable in sweetness and aroma, to be inhaled and enjoyed by you and all the Gods and devas, we offer to you in this, our home. Eagerly we offer to you, our resplendent Lord, fine resin incense, of heavenly odor, bewitching to the mind, rising out of a ghee-fed flame. We offer it to you in this, our home. This fine incense we have duly offered for your pleasure. And we again offer you cool, sweet water for sipping and auspicious unbroken rice.§

During this chant, make three circles before the Deity with lighted incense held in your right hand while ringing the bell with your left hand. Complete the third circle and trace an Aum as you chant the fifth line, dhūpamāghrāpayāmi. At that point raise the incense higher and ring the bell louder. Put the incense down, and recite the next two lines. With the first, water is offered, with the second, a pinch of rice.§

The Light

ॐ साज्यवर्तित्रयोपेतं प्राज्यमङ्गलदायकं ।
दीपं पश्य दयाराशे दीनबन्धो नमो-स्तु ते ॥
ॐ आवाहिताभ्यः सर्वभ्यो देवताभ्यो नमः ।
दिव्य मङ्गलदीपं सन्दर्शयामि ।
दीपानन्तरमाचमनीयं समर्पयामि ।
मङ्गलाक्षतान् समर्पयामि ।

aum sājyavarti trayopetam prājyamaṅgala dāyakam,
dīpam paśya dayārāśe dīnabandho namo-stu te.
aum āvāhitabhyaḥ sarvabhyo devatabhyo namaḥ,
divya maṅgala dīpaṁ sandarśayāmi,
dīpānantaramāchamanīyaṁ samarpayāmi,
maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi

O the Compassionate, the friend of devotees! See this lamp offered which is lighted with ghee and three wicks and which is the provider of abundant auspiciousness.
Salutations to you!
Aum! Salutations to all the Gods invoked! This divine, auspicious light we offer to you. After that, we offer you pure water for sipping and auspicious unbroken rice.

Offer the oil light to Lord Gaṇeśa and ring the bell as you chant this hymn. As with the incense, circle three times then draw the Aum with the flame. Then raise the flame and ring the bell louder, then stop ringing. Offer water, then a flower or a pinch of rice. §



सत्यं त्वर्तेन (chant in morning)
ऋतं त्वा सत्येन (chant if evening) परिषिञ्चामि ।
ॐ अमृतमस्तु अमृतोपस्तरणमसि स्वाहा ।
ॐ गणेशाय image ।ॐ गणेशाय image
ॐ गणेशाय image

satyaṁ tvartena       (chant if in morning)
ṛitaṁ tvā satyena     (if evening) parishiñchāmi
Aum amṛitamastu amṛitopastaraṇamasi svāhā
Aum gaṇeśāya svāhimage, Aum gaṇeśāya svāhimage,
Aum gaṇeśāya svāhimage

imageWe add Truth to Truth. Aum. May this sweet and pungent food be transformed into nectar. We humbly offer to you this food. §

While reciting the first part of the mantra, uncover the food offering. Then, while chanting the last line and ringing the bell, circle a spoonful of water over the food and offer it to the Deity. While ringing the bell softly, gently waft the aroma and vital essences of the food or fruit toward the Deity. Do this by sweeping the right hand over the food with a flower held between your fingers, stem upward. The palm is facing downward as it moves over the food, then rotates upward as the sweep approaches the Deity, bringing the aroma and prāṇa toward His nose and mouth. As you complete the third line, gently toss the flower toward the feet of the Deity at the end of the sweep with all the love in your heart. §

ॐ आवाहिताभ्यः सर्वाभ्यो देवताभ्यो नमः ।
नानाविधमहानैवेद्यं निवेदयामि ।
यथाशक्तिसमर्पितमहानैवेद्यम् कृपया स्वीकुरु ।

Aum āvāhitābhyaḥ sarvābhyo devatābhyo namaḥ,
nānā vidha mahānaivedyaṁ nivedayāmi,
yathāśakti samarpita mahānaivedyam kṛipayā svīkuru


Aum! Salutations to all the Gods invoked! Because we are offering you our very best, Lord Gaṇeśa, in all sincerity and love, please consider the essence of this food as among the finest meals you have ever received. To the best of our ability in the worship of you, we offer this food and humbly beg that you will receive it.§

Ringing the bell loudly as you recite the above chant, pick up a flower or a pinch of rice and hold it at chest height in the fingertips of the right hand. As the last word is spoken, gently release the rice or flower at the feet of the Deity. Then put down the bell and raise your hands above your head in devout prayer that Gaṇeśa will accept the meal. While your hands are raised, close your eyes and visualize Gaṇeśa accepting and partaking of the meal. After a moment, lower your hands and intone Aum quietly.§


Chanting Gaṇeśa’s
108 Names


In this section of the pūjā, chant the “garland of Gaṇeśa’s 108 names.” As you intone each name, offer with your right hand a flower, some flower petals or a pinch of rice. The names are attributes of the Deity, each delineating an aspect of His wondrous nature. Each name is preceded by the mantra Aum and followed by namaḥ , meaning “obeisance, adoration or homage to.” Thus the first line is chanted Aum Vināyakāya Namaḥ (pronounced, “na-ma-ha”).§

विनायकाय Vināyakāya ......the remover (of obstacles)
विघ्नराजायVighnarājāya ......the ruler of obstacles
गौरीपुत्रायGaurīputrāya ......the son of Gaurī
गणेश्वराय Gaṇeśvarāya ......the lord of categories
स्कन्दाग्रजायSkandāgrajāya ......Skanda’s elder brother
अव्ययायAvyayāya ......the inexhaustible one
पूतायPūtāya ......the pure one
दक्षायDakshāya ......the dexterous one
अध्यक्षायAdhyakshāya ......the great presider
द्विजप्रियायDvijapriyāya ......who loves the twice-born
अग्निगर्वच्छिदेAgnigarvacçhide ......who destroyed fire’s ego
इन्द्रश्रीप्रदायIndraśrīpradāya ......who restored Indra’s wealth
वाणीप्रदायVāṇīpradāya ......who gives eloquence
अव्ययायAvyayāya ......the inexhaustible one
सर्वसिद्धिप्रदायSarvasiddhipradāya ......giver of fulfillment
सर्वतनयायSarvatanayāya ......the son of Śiva
शर्वरीप्रियायŚarvarīpriyāya ......loved by Pārvatī
सर्वात्मकायSarvātmakāya ......the soul of all
सृष्टिकर्त्रेSṛishṭikartre ......the creator
देवायDevāya ......the resplendent one
अनेकार्चितायAnekārchitāya ......worshiped by multitudes
शिवायŚivāya ......the auspicious one
शुद्धायŚuddhāya ......the pure one
बुद्धिप्रियायBuddhipriyāya ......who loves intelligence
शान्तायŚāntāya ......the peaceful one
ब्रह्मचारिणेBrahmachāriṇe ......the celibate one
गजाननायGajānanāya ......the elephant’s faced
द्वैमातुरायDvaimāturāya ......who has two mothers
मुनिस्तुतायMunistutāya ......who is praised by sages
भक्तविघ्नवि नाशनायBhaktavighna vināśanāya ....who destroys devotees’ obstacles
एकदन्तायEkadantāya ....who has one tusk
चतुर्बाहवेChaturbāhave ....who has four arms
चतुरायChaturāya ....the ingenious one
शक्तिसंयुतायŚaktisaṁyutāya ....united with power
लंबोदरायLambodarāya ....who has a large belly
शूर्पकर्णायŚūrpakarṇāya ....with fan-like ears
हरयेHaraye ....destroys evil with lion-like courage
ब्रह्मविदुत्तमायBrahmaviduttamāya ....foremost knower of God
कालायKālāya ....the master of destiny
ग्रहपतयेGrahapataye ....lord of planets
कामिनेKāmine ....who is love
सोमसूर्याग्नि लोचनायSomasūryāgni lochanāya .... whose eyes are the moon, sun and fire
पाशाङ्कुश धरायPāśāṅkuśa dharāya ....who holds a noose and a goad
चण्डाय Chaṇḍāya ....who is fierce-looking
गुणातीतायGuṇātītāya ....who transcends qualities
निरञ्जनायNirañjanāya ....who is without blemish
अकल्मषायAkalmashāya ....who is without impurity
स्वयंसिद्धायSvayaṁsiddhāya ....self-fulfilled, perfect
सिद्धार्चितपदाम्बुजायSiddhārchita padāmbujāya ....whose lotus feet sages worship
बीजपूरफलासक्तायBījapūraphalāsaktāya ....who is fond of pomegranates
वरदायVaradāya ....the boon giver
शाश्वतायŚāśvatāya ....the eternal, unchanging one
कृतिनेKṛitine ....the skillful one
द्विजप्रियायDvijapriyāya ....fond of the twice-born
वीतभयायVītabhayāya ....who is fearless
गदिनेGadine ....who wields the mace
चक्रिणेChakriṇe ....who wields a discus
इक्षुचापधृतेIkshuchāpadhṛite ....who holds a sugarcane bow
श्रीदायŚrīdāya ....the bestower of wealth
अजायAjāya ....the unborn one
उत्पलकरायUtpalakarāya ....who holds a proud blue lotus flower
श्रीपतयेŚrīpataye ....the Lord of wealth
स्तुतिहर्षितायStutiharshitāya ....who delights in praise
कुलाद्रिभृतेKulādribhṛite ....who supports Himālaya, His family’s mountain
जटिलायJaṭilāya ....who has matted hair
कलिकल्मष नाशनायKalikalmasha nāśanāya ....the destroyer of sins in the Kaliyuga
चन्द्रचूडामणयेChandrachūḍāmaṇaye ....who wears a moon upon his head
कान्तायKāntāya ....the beloved, loving one
पापहारिणेPāpahāriṇe ....the consumer of sins
समाहितायSamāhitāya ....absorbed in meditation
आश्रितायĀśritāya ....who is our refuge
श्रीकरायŚrīkarāya ....who manifests prosperity
सौम्यायSaumyāya ....the amiable one
भक्तवाञ्छित दायकायBhaktavāñçhita dāyakāya ....the grantor of devotees’ desires
शान्तायŚāntāya ....the peaceful one
कैवल्य सुखदायKaivalya sukhadāya .... bestower of unsullied liberation
सच्चिदानन्द विग्रहायSacchidānanda vigrahāya .... embodiment of existence-knowledge-bliss
ज्ञानिनेJñānine ....the great wisdom
दयायुतायDayāyutāya ....full of compassion
दान्तायDāntāya ....who has self-control
ब्रह्मद्वेषवि वर्जितायBrahmadvesha vivarjitāya .... who is free from aversion to knowledge
प्रमत्तदैत्य भयदायPramattadaitya bhayadāya ....who brings terror to demons
श्रीकण्ठायŚrīkaṇṭhāya ....with beautiful throat
विबुधेश्वरायVibudheśvarāya ....Lord of the Wise
रामार्चितायRāmārchitāya ....worshiped by Rāma
विधयेVidhaye ....who is the destiny of all
नागराज यज्ञोपवीतवतेNāgarāja yajñopavītavate ....whose sacred thread is a king cobra
स्थूलकण्ठायSthūlakaṇṭhāya ....of stout neck
स्वयं कर्त्रेSvayaṁkartre ....who is self-created
सामघोषप्रियायSāmaghoshapriyāya ....who loves the sound of Sāma Veda
परस्मैParasmai ....who is supreme
स्थूलतुण्डायSthūlatuṇḍāya ....who has a stout trunk
अग्रण्येAgraṇye ....the leader
धीरायDhīrāya ....the courageous one
वागीशायVāgīśāya ....the Lord of speech
सिद्धिदायकायSiddhidāyakāya ....bestower of fulfillment
दूर्वाबिल्व प्रियायDūrvābilva priyāya ....who loves dūrvā grass and bilva leaves
अव्यक्तमूर्तयेAvyaktamūrtaye ....the manifestation of the Unmanifest
अद्भुतमूर्तिमतेAdbhutamūrtimate ....of wondrous form
शैलेन्द्रतनुजोत्सङ्ग खेलनोत्सुकमानसायŚailendratanujotsaṅga khelanotsukamānasāya ....who is happy to play in the lap of His mother, Pārvatī, daughter of the mountain Lord
स्वलावण्यसुधासारजित मन्मथविग्रहायSvalāvaṇyasudhāsārajita manmathavigrahāya ....who defeated Manmatha, the God of love, by His sweet beauty
समस्त जगदाधारायSamasta jagadādhārāya ....the supporter of all the worlds
मायिनेMāyine ....the source of illusory power
मूषिकवाहनायMūshikavāhanāya ....who rides the mouse
हृष्टायHṛishṭāya ....the joyful one
तुष्टायTushṭāya ....the contented one
प्रसन्नात्मनेPrasannātmane ....the bright kindly-souled one
सर्वसिद्धि प्रदायकायSarvasiddhi pradāyakāya ....the grantor of all fulfillment
मन्त्र पुष्पम्
Mantra Pushpam
With Flowers



Aum Śrī Mahāgaṇeśvarāya namaḥ mantra pushpāñjaliṁ samarpayāmi§

The one who understands the beauty of the blooming powers of the Supreme Being is blessed with beautiful, blooming life, progeny and cattle. The moon is certainly the bloom of those powers. One who realizes the qualities of the moon, which are nothing but the blooming divine powers, is blessed with a blooming, beautiful life of perfection, progeny and cattle. One who realizes this principle and realizes the source from whom all these powers have come himself becomes the abode of those divine powers. Aum, salutations, Lord Mahāgaṇeśa, we respectfully offer you this flower mantra.§

While chanting this mantra, hold a handful of flowers before you in añjali mudrā, hands cupped loosely around the flowers at chest height. Recite the verses with adoration. As you intone the last word, samarpayāmi, lower your hands (as shown in the photo) and toss the flowers into the air above the murti, sending a shower of blossoms upon the God with feelings of gratitude and loving devotion.§

with Flame

ॐ साज्यं त्रिवर्तिसंयुक्तं वह्निना योजितं मया ।
गृहान मङ्गलारतिं ईशपुत्र नमो-स्तु ते ॥
ॐ आवहिताभ्यः सर्वाभ्यो देवताभ्यो नमः ।
दिव्यमङ्गलदीपं सन्दर्शयामि ।
आचमनीयं समर्पयामि ।
मङ्गलाक्षतान् समर्पयामि ।

aum sājyaṁ trivartisaṁyuktam vahninā yojitaṁ mayā,
gṛihāṇa maṅgalāratim īśa putra namo-stu te.
aum āvāhitābhyaḥ sarvābhyo devatābhyo namaḥ
divya maṅgaladīpaṁ sandarśayāmi
āchamanīyaṁ samarpayāmi
maṅgalākshatān samarpayāmi

imageO Gaṇapati, Son of God Śiva, please accept this auspicious āratī prepared by me with ghee, three wicks and fire. My salutations to you! Aum! Salutations to all the Gods invoked! This divine, auspicious light we offer to you. After that, we offer you pure water for sipping and auspicious unbroken rice.§

During this chant, hold the lit oil lamp or camphor burner in your right hand and the bell in your left. While ringing the bell and slowly reciting the āratī mantra, make three circles clockwise before Gaṇeśa with the flame. Stop at the top of the third circle, lower the lamp slightly and trace the symbol of Aum in Sanskṛit or in your native language. Then lift the flame slightly above the Aum that you placed in the ākāśic ether and ring the bell louder for all three worlds to hear. Keep ringing loudly while chanting the above two-line salutation to the devas (“āvāhitābhyaḥ … sandarśayāmi”). Put down the bell and the lamp and then, with the flame still burning, offer a spoonful of water with “āchamanīyaṁ samarpayāmi,” then a pinch of rice with “maṅgalāshatān samarpayāmi.” §

Prayer for


O Indra, Lord of material and spiritual prosperity, please protect the space between the heavens and earth as well as the mind between the body and the soul with the help of fifteen noble powers and virtues (five prāṇas, five jñānendriyas and five karmendriyas). Your protection and blessings sustain me.§


As you recite this mantra, make three circles above the burning flame with a flower held in the right hand, stem upward (photo next page). With the last words, toss the flower gently toward the Deity and place your hands in añjali mudrā while facing the altar. Now offer the flame at chest level to all present, allowing each to draw both hands through it and lightly touch the eyes three times (photo next page, upper right). The Gods and devas can see us through the flame and send blessings. If especially honored persons are present, such as one’s guru, parents or teacher, take the flame first to them. Then proceed clockwise to the others. In some cases, the pujārī may stand near the altar while devotees come forward to receive the flame. If no one is attending the pūjā, you may personally draw blessings from the flame, but not otherwise. Finally, present the flame once more to the Deity, then extinguish it with a wave of the right hand or by snuffing it out with a flower. §



अनया यथाशक्त्या कृत
(state period of day)
पूजया भगवान् सर्वदेवात्मकः
श्रीमहागणेश्वरः सुप्रीतः
सुप्रसन्नो वरदो भवतु

anayā yathā śakti kṛita
(state period of day from list on page I-4)
pūjayā bhagavān sarva devātmakaḥ
śrī mahāgaṇeśvaraḥ suprītaḥ
suprasanno varado bhavatu


To the best of our ability we have performed this (state time of day) pūjā and worshiped you, dear Lord, the brightest of all the Gods. May it please you. May it be enjoyed by you. Surrounded by your presence, we place ourselves in your care, loving Gaṇeśa. §

Before reciting the above verse, place a pinch of rice in your left palm, then transfer it to the right palm. Add to the rice three spoonfuls of water and close the hand (left photo). Hold the rice before you as you face the Deity, the left hand under the right hand, and recite the mantra. As you intone the last words, let the rice and water fall into the tīrtha cup (right photo). The sacraments may then be given out in the following order: holy ash, blessed water, sandalpaste, red powder, food and flowers. If no one is attending the pūjā, you may partake of the sacraments yourself, but not otherwise. If many devotees are attending, a second person may help pass out the sacraments, except for the holy ash, which is always given by the person who performed the pūjā.§


Sharing the blessed offerings: at left holy ash is distributed, a small pinch into the right hand of each devotee; at right, the father of this household applies the sacred dot on his daughter’s forehead. §

Below, the family offers final prayers at the conclusion of their morning puja.§


Farewell and

ॐ आवाहनं न जानामि न जानामि विसर्जनम् ।
पूजाञ्चैव न जानामि क्ष्म्यतां परमेश्वर ॥
मन्त्रहीनं क्रियाहीनम् भक्तिहीनं सुरेश्वर ।
यत् पूजितं मया देव परिपूर्णं तदस्तु ते ।
अन्यथा शरणम् नास्ति त्वमेव शरणम् मम ।
तस्मात् कारुण्यभावेन रक्ष रक्ष गणेश्वर ॥
ॐ तत् सत् ॐ

Aum āvāhanaṁ na jānāmi na jānāmi visarjanam,
pūjāñchaiva na jānāmi kshamyatām parameśvara.
mantrahīnaṁ kriyāhīnam bhaktihīnaṁ sureśvara,
yat pūjitam mayā deva paripūrṇam tadastu te,
anyathā śaraṇaṁ nāsti tvameva śaraṇam mama,
tasmāt kāruṇyabhāvena raksha raksha gaṇeśvara.
Aum tat sat Aum.


O Lord, we do not know the proper means of inviting you or, when taking our leave, how to wish you farewell. A full knowledge of priestly rites has not been imparted to us, so you must overlook and forgive any mistakes or omissions. We know little of mantras or pious conduct, and we are strangers to true bhakti. Nonetheless, please forgive us and regard our attempts as exact and complete—because you are our only refuge. With your compassionate nature, Lord Gaṇeśa, we beseech you, please protect those who pray. That which is Truth is Aum.§

This concluding apology is recited with hands in añjali mudrā. It is a formal and devout end to the worship service. As the final words, “Aum tat sat Aum,” are spoken, it is customary to clap your hands together three times. All may now prostrate. §

It is traditional and most uplifting to meditate for a few minutes after the pūjā, rather than rushing offer to daily duties. There is great personal benefit in such internalized worship, eyes closed, mind still, following, deep within yourself, the prāṇas that the pūjā has created. Externalized worship is the bhakti path; internalized worship is the yoga path. Both together make the complete circle that sustains devotees in their spiritual life, making them strong and kindly in moving the forces of the world in their daily life. This dual-pronged effort towards self-transformation and right living is the very foundation for the final goal of all seekers: moksha, freedom from rebirth. §