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Ganesh Pooja can be a very exciting festival for children when celebrated collectively with their total participation. Following set of programs have been found very successful in many places.

1) Clay Modeling of Ganapati : Should be done few days before the pooja Here is a sample one.

2) Ganesh Pooja where children will perform the pooja assisted by the parents. Meaning of each step in the pooja will be explained to children as they do the pooja. Following material will be of help. If you have any questions, please contact: balagokulam at yahoo.com

Items to bring

  • One main mantapam at the front (To be set up by the organizers)
  • Chair/stool
  • Standing/Big Lamps (deepa stambha) and a match box.
  • Two coconuts
  • Beetle leaves and Supaari
  • Agarbathi, camphor
  • Cotton wick (batti), oil and ghee
  • Flowers, leaves
  • gantaa (bell)
  • cotton sheets to spread
  • haldi, kumkum and akshata
  • panchaamrita (honey+milk+ghee+curds+sugar all in one cup)
  • Lord Ganapathi's pratima (Idol and/or big framed photo)
  • Plantain leaf (if available. a plate will do too) and rice for installing Lord's pratima.
  • At least one garland of flowers
  • metallic glasses for arghya-paatra & kalasha-paatra
  • A couple of small metallic plates for doing aarati, naivedya, etc.
  • Sweets and other items for naivedya
  • Some money

Children should bring:

  • Sheets to spread
  • One plate (preferably a metallic one) and some rice (2-3 cups)
  • one coconut or 2 bananas
  • beetle leaves + supaari (Beetle Nuts)
  • haldi, kumkum, akshata, flowers, garlands
  • panchaamrita (honey, milk, ghee, curds, sugar - all in one cup)
  • 2 small lamps with ghee and a wick
  • agarbathi (and no camphor)
  • ganesha pratima (metal one or a picture)
  • 2 Small cups and a spoon, preferably metallic
  • some money (1 or 2 dollars).

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Pooja Vidhi

This document is in 6 pages. Prepared by Karyakartas of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh & Samskrita Bharati under the guidance of Sri S.K.Harihareshwara.

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Om jai Jagdish hare
Swami jai Jagdish hare
Bhakt jano ke sankat
Das jano ke sankat
Kshan mein door kare
Om jai Jagdish hare

Jo dhyave phal pave
Dukh bin se man ka
Swami dukh bin se man ka
Sukh sampati ghar ave
Sukh sampati ghar ave
Kasht mite tan ka
Om jai Jagdish hare

Mat pita tum mere
Sharan padun main kiski
Swami sharan padun main kiski
Tum bin aur na dooja
Prabhu bin aur na dooja
Aas karoo mein jiski
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum puran Parmatma
Tum Antaryami
Swami tum Antaryami
Par Brahm Parmeshwar
Par Brahm Parmeshwar
Tum sabke swami
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum karuna ke sagar
Tum palan karta
Swami tum palan karta
Main sevak tum swami
Main sevak tum swami
Kripa karo Bharta
Om jai Jagdish hare

Tum ho ek agochar
Sab ke pranpati
Swami sab ke pranpati
Kis vidh miloo Gosain
Kis vidh miloo Dayalu
Tum ko mein sumati
Om jai Jagdish hare

Deen bandhu dukh harta
Thakur tum mere
Swami Thakur tum mere
Apne haath uthao
Apni sharan lagao
Dwar pada hoon tere
Om jai Jagdish hare

Vishay vikar mitao
Paap haro Deva
Swami paap haro Deva
Shradha bhakti badao
Shradha prem badao
Santan ki seva
Om jai Jagdish hare

Om jai Jagdish hare
Swami jai Jagdish hare
Bhakt jano ke sankat
Das jano ke sankat
Kshan mein door kare
Om jai Jagdish hare

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Making it interesting

  • Explain the meaning of different steps in Pooja. Imagine that Bhagvan Ganesh is coming to our house today. It's a joyous occasion for us we treat him like how we treat a guest who is very welcome, likeable and respectable. All the steps can be explained in this backdrop. Person conducting the pooja and the person explaining the meaning can be single person or two people can do it. Both of them should be clear and loud in voice.
  • Explain the significance of Ganesha's body parts. This picture will be of help.
  • Tell in short about how people celebrate Ganesh festival on public level in India?
  • Who started it on public level-Lokmanya tilak and why?
  • Meanings of Ganesha's names
  • Teach slogans like "Ganpati Bappa - Morya" "hara hara mahadev"
  • After puja there can be a small story about Ganesha.
  • Make sure to put on kumkum tilak on each child’s forehead
  • After puja ask children to put nirmalya (water and flowers used for puja) at the bottom of any nearby tree and not to throw on road. They will learn to respect these things.
  • Fruits and dakshina can be given to the temple
  • After puja, provide information about the balgokulams and encourage children to attend the future programs.
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