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Sankat chaturthi Evening Poojavidhi



The puja is usually performed after sighting the moon. If moon is not sighted, the puja is performed as per the moonrise time given in the Panchang or calendar.
After sighting the moon, an idol or painting or photo of Lord Ganesh is decorated using flowers and Durva grass 
A lamp is lit.
A coconut, banana and flowers are offered to Lord Ganesh.
Usually a Prasad (Modak or any other sweet) is prepared and offered.
Aarati is performed. Other usual puja procedures like chanting mantras, lighting incense or agarbatis are done.
After the Puja the Prasad is distributed.
Special pujas are offered to Chandra or moon god.
The puja involves sprinkling water, sandalwood paste, flowers and consecrated rice in the direction of the moon.