The Ganesh Chathurthi also known as Vinayaka Chathurthi marks the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, widely revered as the harbinger of prosperity and the remover of obstacles. This significant occasion falls on Shukla Chathurthi, the fourth day of the waxing moon phase in the Vedic month of Bhadrapada.

2023 Ganesh Chathurthi Timings

New York, US – 18th Sep, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 03:09 AM on Sep 18, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 04:13 AM on Sep 19, 2023

Chennai, India – 19th Sep, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 12:39 PM on Sep 18, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 01:43 PM on Sep 19, 2023

London, UK – 18th Sep, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Begins – 08:09 AM on Sep 18, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Ends – 09:13 AM on Sep 19, 2023

To get precise timings based on your locality, you can download the align27 app.

Ganesh Chathurthi Rituals

To customize your Ganesh Chathurthi rituals according to your birth chart, consider downloading the align27 app.

  • Engage in reciting the Ganesha Atharvasirsha if familiar, otherwise you can listen to it with closed eyes.
  • Recite a personalized Ganesha mantra that aligns with Ketu’s position in your birth chart. In case of uncertainty, you can chant the universal mantra: “Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah“. The align27 app provides the mantra that you can recite, based on your own birth chart.
  • Craft a Turmeric Ganesha, with guidance provided below.
  • Pay homage to Lord Ganesha with the Lam Bija Mantra, you can repeat the sound “Lam” as often as possible. You might also focus your meditation on the Muladhara Chakra situated at the base of the spine during this time.
  • Perform a brief 5-step pooja dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This ritual assists in honoring the five elements associated with the nine planets. Further information is detailed below.
  • In case your Navamsha chart displays Ketu in conjunction with another planet, you can pray to the deities connected to those planets. Rituals on the align27 app provides this information for you, based on your own birth chart.
  • Depending on Ketu’s position in your chart, different forms of Ganesha (standing, sitting, dancing, or resting) can be worshipped. Rituals on the align27 app provides this information for you, based on your own birth chart.
  • Today, and optionally every day henceforth, initiate your morning by chanting the 16 sacred names of Ganesha, listed below.

Turmeric Ganesha – A Ketu Ritual

A highly recommended practice is creating a Ganesha idol using turmeric and offering sweets as prayers.


Before you begin, lay the turmeric on a large plate or tray, scribble your desires upon it using your fingers. Next, sprinkle water to activate Jupiter’s positive energies, forming a paste to craft the Ganesha idol.

After a few days, the Turmeric Ganesha can be dissolved, with the resultant water nourishing plants.

A Simple 5 Step Offering to Lord Ganesha

  1. Light a lamp to acknowledge the Fire element (associated with Sun, Mars, and Ketu).
  2. Offer an incense stick or dhoop to recognize the Air element (linked to Saturn and Rahu).
  3. Offer water and modaks as a tribute to the Water element (connected to Moon and Venus).
  4. Offer flowers as a gesture to honor the Space element (associated with Jupiter).
  5. Smear Sandalwood paste on the deity to honor the Earth element (symbolized by Mercury).

16 Potent Ganesha Mantras for Daily Recitation

  1. Om Sumukhāya namaḥ
  2. Om ēkadantāya namaḥ
  3. Om kapilāya namaḥ
  4. Om gajakarṇakāya namaḥ
  5. Om lambōdarāya namaḥ
  6. Om vikaṭāya namaḥ
  7. Om vighnarājāya namaḥ
  8. Om gaṇādhipāya namaḥ
  9. Om dhūmrakētavē namaḥ
  10. Om gaṇādhyakṣāya namaḥ
  11. Om phālacandrāya namaḥ
  12. Om gajānanāya namaḥ
  13. Om vakratuṇḍāya namaḥ
  14. Om śūrpakarṇāya namaḥ
  15. Om hērambāya namaḥ
  16. Om skandapūrvajāya namaḥ

Here are some interesting articles about Lord Ganesha that you can read on the Cosmic Insights Blog!

Pray to the 8 forms of Ganesha to free yourself from 8 inner demons

In Mugdala Purana Lord Ganesha is said to take 8 different forms to destroy 8 inner demons (negative tendencies).

You can read the entire article here.

An Ancient Technique to remove obstacles in life!

Lord Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and he is invoked during any auspicious beginnings. There is a technique you can learn that will help you overcome obstacles in life with the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

You can read the entire article here.

Remedy your 6th House by Overcoming the 6 internal enemies

The 6th House in our horoscope is a very important house for Soul level progress. The 6th house is the house of Shadripus or six enemies.

They are desire, kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (delusion), mada (pride) and matsarya (jealousy). And each is associated with a planet.

You can read the entire article here.