The Ganapathi Homam dedicated to Lord Ganesha is considered to be the most important Homam among all the forms of worshiping the almighty God. As per Hinduism, no task can be fulfilled without the grace of Lord Ganesha. It is absolutely imperative that one must worship Ganesha and seek his blessings before imparting on any venture, be it personal or professional in life.
The Elephant-faced God, Lord Ganesha is worshiped as the Supreme Being who removes obstacles from one’s plan or a venture in life. He is called Vighnaraja or Vignaharta by many of his devotees. He is revered for his Siddhi (success), Buddhi (wisdom and intelligence) and Riddhi (prosperity). He is the first one to be honored among all Gods in most of the worship rituals and services. The God is also revered as the God or Patron of Arts and Sciences.
Who should perform Ganapathi Homam?
- The main purpose of Ganapathi Homam is to remove any obstacles in any venture undertaken by the devotee. It is believed that by doing this ritual, the venture begins and successfully runs in a smooth manner. Hence, people perform the Ganapathi Homam at the start of any business, work life, student life, marriage, Housewarming (Grah Pravesh) and even Naming ceremonies (Naamkaran).
- The Homam can be performed by people who are specifically affected by Kethu Dosha. The bad effects of Kethu being near the devotee’s birth Nakshatra can lead to depression, accidents, and surgeries, loss of property, anxiety and poor concentration. Lord Ganesha is believed to be the planetary overlord of Kethu. Hence, it is recommended that one perform the Ganapathi Homam to please Lord Ganesha and to remove the malefic effects of the Dosha.
Ganapathi Homam Benefits
- The devotee can get rid of all the obstacles and problems that he or she might encounter in their new ventures of life, both professional and personal.
- Lord Ganesha is also believed to be the governor of the Mooladhara chakra, which signifies material prosperity. Hence performing the Ganapathi Homam grants wealth and solves wealth related issues in a devotee’s life.
- Lord Ganesha is also believed to be the gatekeeper of the Sushumna Nadi, located inside the Mooladhara Chakra. Performing the Ganapathi Homam enlightens the spiritual mind and makes one conscious of the higher realms of existence.
- It is a belief that by worshiping Ganesha once a year by conducting the Homam, one can achieve prosperity, health and a happy domestic life.
- The Ganapathi Homam also gives the benefit of good health to the devotees who might suffer from ailments like anxiety, depression and injuries sustained during accidents.
- Lord Ganapathi is worshiped as the God of Success. Worshiping him is believed to ensure success and win over mortal enemies.
Best days to do Ganapathi Homam?
The Ganapathi Homam should be performed early in the morning, before sunrise and the Poornahuti (the last offering signifying the end of the Homam) should be performed at sunrise.
The days of Sankatahara Chaturthi of every month and Vinayaka Chaturthi are considered extremely auspicious for performing the ritual.
Ganapathi Homam Steps?
The procedure for performing the Ganapathi Homam is simple and easy. However, depending on the occasion, one can proceed through a complete set of rituals or do a shorter version of it daily. The longer version of the Pooja consists of the following steps:
- Anujnaa –Mantras for asking for cooperation and permission from Lord Ganesha and other Gods to perform the Homam.
- Aachamanam – The procedure involves sipping of holy water for inner purification of body and soul.
- Vighneswara Pooja – The Pooja involves worshiping Lord Ganesha requesting him to remove all the obstacles in the Pooja.
- Pranayama and Sankalpam – This involves taking a vow to please Lord Ganapathi.
- Kalasa Shuddhi – This process is dedicated to holy water that is sprinkled on oneself and other materials that are to be used for the Pooja.
- Agni Prathistahapana – The fire inside the Homam Kund should be started with a camphor.
- The Dikpaalaka Pooja along with the Panchopachara Pooja are performed for the Lord. The preliminary offerings are poured into the Havan Kund with the invocation of the God. Then several Ganapathi Mantras are chanted in front of the Kund. After the Poornahuti, the ritual of Udvasana (concluding the ritual) takes place.
Materials required for Ganapathi Homam
The basic materials required for Ganapathi Homam are Ghee, Modhaka, and the Durva Grass. The Purnahuti, which is the last offering should consist of Coconut, Banana, Honey, Sugarcane, Ghee, Modhaka, Jaggery, and Puffed Rice.
Besides these offerings, one must possess a Homa Kunda (can be made of bricks), Karpoor, Kumkum, Sandalwood paste (Chandan), Haldi (Turmeric), flowers, Theertha Vessel, spoons, vessels for the Ashtadravya, and Conch.
Where to perform Ganapathi Homam?
The procedure for performing the Ganapathi Homam is very simple and can be arranged by any devoted devotee. The Ganapathi Homam can be performed by the devotee himself or a Pandit or an Aiyar can be arranged for the same. Since the procedure and the rituals are simple, this Pooja can be performed at home or office too.
Most of the Temples irrespective of the main deity offer the Seva of Ganapathi Homam as their service. However, it is recommended that one enquire and book the Homam in advance during the festive season and on auspicious days like Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Ganapathi Homam Cost
The cost of performing the ritual varies from temple to temple but it is usually estimated to be around ₹1000 to ₹3000.