This is one of the most popular festivals in the Country. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.
The Ganesh Chaturthi 2012 Puja Muhurut to bring the Vigraha / Idol home is on or before 13:32 hrs. The Amrit Kaal (auspiscious time) is between 1107 hrs to 1332 hrs. Ganesh Avahana (welcome) or Sthapana (Installation of the Idol) should be done within and before the time specified above. Ganesh Pooja is preferred during Madhyanhana in Ganesh Chaturthi as it is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Madhyahana Kaal. The Abjihit Muhurut time specified above is the best Muhurut to perform the Ganesh Puja and to perform any work.
Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.
On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach.