STORY OF GANESH CHATHURTHI!
GANESHA’S BIRTH STORY
Parvati had to go to take a bath and did not wish to be disturbed by anyone at all. Parvati ended up making a statue of a child from turmeric and breathed life into him. She called the child Ganesha, and he was absolutely loyal to her. She asked him to guard the home while she took a bath. Yet again, Shiva showed up and proceeded to enter the house. But this time, he was stopped by Ganesha who refused to move aside. Shiva did not know who this unknown child was so he asked his forces to destroy the child. But Ganesha had the powers bestowed on him by Parvati and defeated Shiva’s army. Shiva, known for his extreme fury, lost control on his temper and ended up beheading Ganesha.
But he immediately felt guilty and he knew his wife would be furious. So, he sent his men to bring back the head of the first creature they came across. They met an elephant with one tusk who happily sacrificed his head for the honor.
Shiva bought Ganesha back to life and thus his story is considered one of rebirth and regeneration.
HOW GANESH CHATHURTHI IS CELEBRATED?
The celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi begins much before the actual date of the event. People start by cleaning their homes to welcome Lord Ganesh to a neat and decorated space. Delicious regional delicacies such as Payasam, Gojju, Kosambari, Modakam, Mosaru Bhajji etc. are prepared and offered to the lord on a banana leaf. Coconut has a special place in South India in the celebration of auspicious events. Foods like coconut rice and coconut laddoos are made for Lord Ganesh. Thalis made of willow is exchanged among married women with ingredients like turmeric, rice, flowers, fruits and cereals. In Andhra Pradesh and other southern states, public processions and celebration also take place.
GANESH CHATHURTHY SPECIAL
Lord Ganesha is also believed to be very fond of ladoos. one of the most common form of ladoos offered to him Other melt-in mouth ladoos that are popular are Coconut Ladoo, Til ke Ladoo, Motichoor Ladoo, Atta Ladoo etc.
Kondakadalai Sundal for Ganesha-Chaturthi Fasting Prasadams is one of the most well liked of recent trending foods in the world. It’s simple, it is fast, it tastes delicious.
Medu Vada is a traditional South Indian delicacy commonly prepared in almost every South Indian household. On the pious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi, devotees offer the delicious vada to their God as a part of the celebration.
Payasam is a traditional South Indian . Rice cooked in milk along with jaggery, coconut and cardamom are a hit across the sub-continent. You can also experiment with Payasam, and cook your deity interesting versions of it like Pineapple Payasam, Carrot Payasam etc.
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