Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Shakti. He is the first one to be worshipped in Hinduism before commencing any puja or starting a new venture. He is the remover of obstacles and therefore worshipping Ganesh can clear the hurdles to progress and bless the devotees with clarity of thought, strength, courage, prosperity and success. The ideal days to do Ganesh puja are Mondays, Chaturti and Sankashti Chaturti. Ganesh puja is usually performed before starting a new venture. However, you can do Ganesh puja on any day you feel. Here is a simple procedure for doing Ganesh puja at home.
On a raised platform or the altar of your home, place a wooden plank and spread a white cloth on it. Place an idol or picture of Lord Ganesh on it. Decorate it with flower garlands, turmeric paste, kumkum, sandal paste and other fragrant materials. Light the lamp and pray Lord Ganesh to be installed in the idol or picture to receive your puja.