Devotees observe a waterless fast.
On this day, they take the small murti "Lalji," of the Lord and the
clay murti of Ganeshji to a river bank or lake shore. Here, both are
offered pujan, arti and "thaal" five times. After each pujan, both are
taken for a short boat ride. During these boating rituals, devotees
sing kirtans which express sentiments of "sharnaagati" - surrenderance
to the Lord and Guru - in delivering them across the ocean of Samsara.
The Lord is thanked too for rain and brimming the rivers and lakes
After the fifth pujan, Ganeshji is submerged (ref. article on Ganesh
Chopped cucumber pieces and "ladus" are offered as prasad. The former
are also sprinkled into the water, for the merit of aquatic creatures.
Kirtans sung during the boating ritual:
1 Anonymous :
Saanvariya morinaiyya taraa de, Naiya taraa de paar
Bhagwan mori naiyaa, oos paar lagaa dena…
3 Premanand Swami :
Maaraa kesar bhina kaan re oobhaa Gangajineteer…
4 Premanand Swami :
Haan re sakhi naa'wa padhaare Maharaj re, jivan Jamuna
5 Muktanand Swami : Mohe to tuma hi ek aadhaara, Naavake kaagki gati
bhaee meri, jahaan dekhu tahaan jalanidhi khaara…..
6 A devotee, Kanaiyo :
Aawyaa Hari oondane teere, dheere dheere, Gaura shareere
soondar Shri Ghanashyam…
7 A devotee, Vallabhdas :
Aawyo sharane Shriji Sambhaarjo re, maari naiyane
paar utaarjo re…
Bhava saagarnaneer, tareene jaavu saame teer… Santo..