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Ganesh Chaturthi Decorations Tips For In-House Celebrations

  • By Swati Gaikwad - Content Writer
  • •  Aug 29, 2022

As the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations begin, it’s time again for our favourite Ganpati Bappa to come home and bless us with wisdom and prosperity. The single-tusked, huge-bellied Lord Ganesh, with the face of an elephant, resembles a cute, cuddly, friendly figure. The 10-day festival is soaked in joyfulness and overflows with fun and frolic. The air carries the fragrance of good food, flower decorations, and perfumed incense.

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is marked by bright colours and aesthetically decorated mandaps. Every house brings the idol of Ganesha with lots of love and respect. The idol is placed on a well-decorated mandap. In today’s world, people opt for sustainable and eco-friendly decorations. Even the idols are preferred as eco-friendly ones that cause no or less harm to nature. Any city lights up with devotional songs, reverberating sound of drums, dhols and nagadas, and people dancing to show their love for the Lord. The festival concludes with the immersion of the idol and the promise that Bappa must return next year to bless them with health, wealth, and prosperity.

As the festival season looms closer, most of us are getting ready to celebrate at home. However, if there’s one thing that plays at the back of our minds ahead of the festival, it’s ‘How to prepare the house for this festival?’ Nothing brings families closer together than a festival. And if you have to work together to do some do-it-yourself decorations for the festivities, that’s even better. Adorning the puja room, decorating Lord Ganesha’s pedestal, opting for maybe a colour rangoli than a floral one and so much more could be done to make these festivities memorable, even while staying indoors. This could be a beautiful way to be thankful and celebrate life and spirit.   

So here are some sustainable decorations put together to make your in-home celebrations look magnificent and the festival a happy one for all.

Mood Lifting Festive Decor
Now that you are done decluttering and deep cleaning, it’s time to give your home that festive look to get into the mood. Start with a toran on your door frame. With many different types of torans available, you can go for the traditional marigold flower and mango leaf ones or the fancy torans with beads and embellishments.

You can also set up lamps, candles, decorative urns, fairy lights, and so on to give an overall festive look to your space.

Next, give your home a warm and welcoming look by refreshing your upholstery. Go for bright festive colours like reds, yellows, and greens. Go for rugs that compliment the look and mood. 

Although metallic colours like gold and silver look great in the interiors, don’t overdo it as it may seem overwhelming. The metallic accents you use must accentuate yet balance the look of your home.

A rangoli is a design drawn in front or inside an Indian household for any festivities. It is a staple in most households though the ingredients used to draw a rangoli differ from state to state. However, nothing amps up a festive home like a beautifully illustrated rangoli.   

While our elders have a perfect hand with freestyle-drawn rangoli, we seem to be needing a little help. This is where stencils and patterns come into the picture.   

If you are looking for intricate designs, a perfect way to go about getting a suitable stencil is with Styrofoam plates. These are readily available in any shop. Pick out your favourite design and draw it on the Styrofoam plate. Poke holes along the line of the design and remove any excess Styrofoam bits from underneath the plate. Simply place the plate where you want the design and fill it with colour. Carefully lift the plate, without shaking it too much. You have a perfect design ready.   

There are various other things like spoons, forks, combs and earbuds, which can be used to draw patterns for rangoli. Another way to stencil is to take printouts of designs and then cut out patterns from them. You can also use Styrofoam cups to draw patterns by cutting shapes on their edges. Moulds used to make cookies shaped like stars, flowers etc. can also be used for this.

Decorate the Mandir
The mandir or puja room can be decorated with rangolis, flowers, and ornamental diyas. Any brass and silverware to be polished till it shines and can be displayed as part of your decor. Remember, your place of worship in your home should give you a calm, peaceful vibe. So when decorating for any festivities, keep in mind that your designs and ideas must lead to the goal of this sacred space resonating with positive energy.

Decorative aarti thali
Another common feature in any festivity is an aarti. You have placed your Gods respectfully and beautifully on their seats. You have decorated their puja rooms, temples and mandaps. Now you are all set for the traditional aarti, which is incomplete without an aarti thali.   

Decorating an aarti thali is an easy and satisfying endeavour. Once you have designed an aarti thali, it can be used over and over again, and it is a feeling of accomplishment to see what you so beautifully worked upon, year after year.   

For aarti thali decorations, you need a few things from your arts and craft stash. Most importantly, you need acrylic colours. For simple thali, you can just colour your thali and draw designs on it. If you feel like going an extra bit, you can use items like glitter and lace. You can also use buttons, beautiful bindis, and even different types of dals and pulses, strategically pasted to form a beautiful design.   

If your children share their clay, it is another item that can be moulded into floral petals to be stuck onto an aarti thali to form a beautiful pattern. You can also colour and decorate diyas used for Diwali and stick them on the plate to be used for lighting the lamp. You can design small containers for the various items that go in the aarti thali and stick them in their correct places. All this can make a simple thali look wonderfully festive and gorgeous.


Mandap decorations
Generally, people go out to shop for various decorations to beautify their pandals and puja rooms as shops get flooded with beautiful items that can be used for decorations. But if you wish to refrain from stepping out, it might be the right time to check out your craft hand. A pandal or a puja room can be gorgeously decorated with the help of some simple household items. All you need is a few good ideas and a good craft hand.   

Making fans out of newspapers is an effortless yet amazing way to ensure a stunning background to your puja room and pandal. Cut the newspaper into big or medium squares and alternately fold them like a spring. Then fold them in the middle and tie them off. Stick glue on one open end and stick both the open ends together to form a circular fan-like structure. You can make multiple of these fans in various sizes and colours and stick them on cardboard or fabric strategically to create a beautiful background.   

Origami and floral cut-outs from coloured paper are another way to go. You can also use newspapers and colourful paper to cut out stars, diyas, kites and lanterns that can be hung from the ceiling. Paper ribbons can be cut and hung in the background or from the ceilings to make a beautiful space.   

Styrofoam plates and cups are a great source of decor. They can be coloured, cut or stuck with decorative pins, crystals or fabric and then used as background decor or even placed around the room to bring about a beautiful look.   

If you want a more organic way to go about decorating your pandal or puja room, you can use mud pots. These can be coloured, designed with well-drawn patterns, sticking fabric pieces or faux crystals, glitter etc. They can be arranged around the puja room or placed filled with flowers or beautiful leaves and decorated with fairy lights. These pots can be moved around, with different contents in them every day, kept on top of each other or hung from the ceiling. They, of course, can be used later for non-decorative purposes too.  

Old plastic bottles are a great way to spruce up a pandal. You can simply clean them, colour them, draw designs on them and hang them together like a drape.

If you can get your hands on some thermocol, especially those which come inside an electronic item’s packaging, you can churn out some stunning designs. It is very easy to draw and cut out floral patterns, stars as well as other models from thermocol. Depending on how you cut it and use it, it can give a gorgeous vibe to your pandal and puja room.   

You would be lighting diyas for your puja rooms and pandals. However, lights can also be used to decorate your puja room and pandal very creatively.  Bring out those fairy lights that you hang during Diwali and stick them together for a beautiful background. You can also cover the background with some lovely fabric to bring out the lights if you wish to place them into glass jars.

Battery-operated tea lights can instantly light up a pandal or a puja room. Place them in coloured glasses or coloured paper folded into cones to give a colourful aura in your puja room and pandal. Candles placed in coloured glasses filled with water too can provide a stunning view of your puja room and pandal. Finally, if you are willing to go all the way, bring out the mud diyas and get set to colour and design them. These can be used around the pandal which can perk up any room instantly.   

Leaf decorations
Banana trees are always considered sacred by Hindus, their leaves along with mango leaves are perfect for your home. Decorating the mandap with leaves is not only eco-friendly but also pocket-friendly. Set up a low flat platform for the idol to be placed. Flank the platform with small pots of flowering plants or decorative indoor non-flowering plants. Banana leaves can be cut into halves horizontally and strung together to form a toran. Many torans can be made and tied one below the other to form a beautiful cascading green backdrop. If one does not feel like cutting the leaf in half, use the complete leaf. They can be tied together and hung in the background of the idol.

Sari and dupatta decorations
Strategically wrapped fabric can also look pretty in a puja room or pandal. One can revamp the wardrobe and bring out old traditional saris. Saris can be put in use to create a vibrant, colourful, and royal backdrop. Bring out your colourful dupattas and stoles and use them to drape the table for the deities or stick them like bows from the ceiling or simply hang them with fairy lights to form a gorgeous background. Embroidered and heavy dupattas can also be brought to use in the most creative form. 

Tie up a string and let the sarees fall creating a beautiful curtain or tie them all together to drape the room. Heavy silk sarees work as well as they do not sway like the lighter ones. Traditional Kanjeevarams, Paithanis, Banarasis, or Patolas can adorn the backdrop. The sides of the platform on which the idol sits can have smaller frames of heavy dupattas. On these frames, dupattas can be tied innovatively and the frames can be placed to form an alluring dome over the idol. A combination of the right colours and floral designs should give you an aesthetically pleasing decor.

Floating diyas and flowers
Another beautiful setup is to keep large copper or bronze vessels with floating diyas and flowers. This graceful decoration catches the light beautifully and fills the room with vibrance and warmth. Use scented oils and little candles to fill your abode with a sweet fragrance. Sprinkle petals and flowers around your floating diyas to add a splash of colour. These will beautifully compliment your mandap and add natural beauty to its aura.

Flower garlands and rangolis
Decoration of the home is best done with simple yet elegant things. Flowers always come in handy for decorating as they add, not just their beauty, but also their essence. If you are a gardening enthusiast, a few flourishing plants can be used to adorn your puja room or pandal as well. You can go completely natural by using only flowers and beautiful leaves to decorate your puja room. A simple flower rangoli with symmetrical patterns or a Ganesh design is always striking. A rangoli at the entrance and near the mandap, where the idol is placed, not only welcomes the guests but also imbues the atmosphere with positive vibes.

Strings of marigold or rose or jasmine or even lilies tied on a particular theme are attractive and soothing to the eyes. If one feels that the fragrance of the flowers is overpowering, then small bunches of flowers can be hung in bottles. One can take different sizes of bottles and tie them one after the other, with some space between them. They can be hung vertically to create a hanging decor item. A wall with just bottles of flowers and greens is quite appealing. The upside of this idea is that you can keep changing the decor every day.

A Few Good Practices to Follow

  • Place your idol of Lord Ganesha in the northeast corner of your home
  • Deep clean your home a day before the festival
  • Keep the laddoos and modaks ready
  • Make sure you get a clay idol to protect the environment

These ideas are simply a guide on how to design your puja room and pandal. You can pick up any item and explore further to figure out something that may be creatively satisfying. Ganesh Chathurthi is generally celebrated in the best part of the year when rains have cooled the heated earth. The scorching sun seems to be mellow and bright yellow, and nature brings out its best with vibrant hues of blooms, luminous greens, and rainbow-like fruits and vegetables. So, this Ganesh Chathurthi beautify your home with nature’s bounty.

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