Before starting any Pooja

Before starting any Pooja either at home or doing any Sankalpam before any Pooja or Homam one have to pray to lord Ganesha. Keep Akshathai in both the hands and fold them and touch the fore head while chanting the following sloka.

shuklaambaradhara.n devaM
shashivarNa.n chaturbhujam.h |
prasannavadana.n dhyaayet.h
sarvavighnopashaantaye ||