On Vinayaka Chaviti, Hindus worship Lord Ganesh.
Unlike normal puja’s where the worshiping is done by offering flowers, Ganapati pooja is done by offering various leaves and fruits, as the God is made up of Elephant head and the Tusker is fond of various leaves and fruits.
As per tradition, a total of 21 (Eka Vimsati) varieties of plants/leaves (Patra) are used in the puja. The Patri (collection of Patra) is available in the markets on this day
Here is the list of the 21 leaves:
4. Durvaara Yugma (Grass)
7. Apa Marga
9. Choota (Mango)
11. Vishnu Kranta
12. Daadimi (Pomogranate)
21. Nimba (Neem)
Now a days, it’s rare to find all these leaves. Many urban-dwellers don’t even know some of these leaves.
However, Ganesha is most happy with the Durvaara Yugma (Grass). So, one can offer the green grass in lieu of all those other leaves that one cant find!
Happy Vinayaka Chavithi!