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Ganesh Chaturthi: The Importance of Modaks, Bananas & Laddoos

A Table Full Of Treats

A Table Full Of Treats

Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar, marks the beginning of the 10-day festivities. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, the celebrations begin with bringing home an idol of Lord Ganesha.

Like every other festival, Ganesh Chaturthi festivities are also marked by an array of delicious dishes. A major part of the menu includes foods that are known to be a favourite of Lord Ganesha. Here's a look at some of these treats.

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'Modaks' And More

'Modaks' And More

Modarpriya’ was the title given to Ganesha because of his love for modaks. According to Hindu mythology, once Goddess Parvati offered her two sons, Karthik and Ganesh, a modak. While both the brothers wanted to eat it, neither wanted to share. So as a contest she asked them to take three rounds of the world and the winner would get the modak as reward. While Karthik left with his peacock as a ride, Ganpati stayed back and took three rounds around his parents (Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati). When asked about his action, he said that they meant the world to him.

Impressed with the gesture, he was given the modak and since then, it has been his favourite sweet.

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Love For Laddoos

Love For Laddoos

Lord Ganesha is often depicted holding laddoos in his hands, whether it is in pictures or idols. That is enough to portray his immense love for ‘motichoor ke laddoo’.

The bright orange-coloured sweet is one of the most popular prasad offered after the pooja.

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Going Bananas

Going Bananas

An array of fresh seasonal fruits are offered to Ganpati during the celebrations, but his love for bananas surpasses them all. This is why people offer garlands of bananas to the elephant-headed God.

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Puffed Rice For ‘Prathmesh’

Puffed Rice For ‘Prathmesh’

When the Hindu Lord of Wealth Kuber invited Ganesha for a meal, he failed to impress the elephant-headed God. Despite the luxurious meals offered, Ganpati was not satisfied. So as a solution, Lord Shiva suggested serving a handful of roasted rice with complete devotion. It was only after eating this offering that Ganpati’s hunger was suppressed.

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The Power Of 21

The Power Of 21

Durva Grass is a three-bladed plant known to attract immense energy of Ganpati.
According to mythology, once while fighting a demon, Ganesha ended up swallowing him. This gave him a strong burning sensation in his stomach. When all else failed to provide relief, a group of sages offered 21 blades of the Durva Grass. It was after eating them that Ganpati felt some relief. Since then, it is said to be one of his favourite food items.

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