Occasions and Festivals hold a great importance in everyone’s life and bring in liveliness throughout that span of time. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those thrilling festivals which spreads zest, fervour and throws a splendour atmosphere all around. Ganesh Chaturthi commemorates 10 days festival to adore Lord Ganesha’s Birth Anniversary, especially in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya-Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Karnataka.
Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in Maharashtra?
As we know, Ganesh Chaturthi arose from the heart of state- Maharashtra. It is solemnized as the most renowned festival and thus exalted as a very popular public event in Maharashtra since the time of Great Maratha Emperor- Shivaji. However the chronicle texts depict: Lokmanya Tilak was the first prominent personality who changed the festival from a private religious observance to a glorious public event. His major motive was to unite Brahmins and Non-Brahmins to establish unity, harmony and togetherness among Maharashtrians by acclaiming festival as a whole.
How to Impress Lord Ganesha – His Favourite fruits and others:
Lord Ganesha never desires for utter dedication and unusual attention during Ganesh Chaturthi or any other religious festival. However He is the first God to be worshipped in any of the important holy event as it is exhibited in Rigveda- ‘Na Kritey Twayam Kriyate Kim Chanare’. Why not we should know what are all his beloved things that can easily amaze Him with astonishment? Get Set Go in the thunder ride and know what are his favourite items on the occasion of great grand Ganesh Chaturthi.
1- Modak: Modak is one of the favourite foods of Lord Ganesha, because of it, He is also well-known with the name- ‘Modakpriya’. Modak is a sweet small savoury ball of rice dough which is boiled and stuffed with grated coconut along with jiggery is the most appetizing thing while worshipping him.
2- Durva Grass: Durva grass has a unique relation with Ganesha God and thus is very near to Him. It is believed that durva grass is an ultimate cure for indigestion and an instant pain reliever. Offering 21 blades (leaves) of grasses during prayers is considered significant.
3- Conch Shell (Shankh): In each portrait of Lord Ganesha, we usually notice that one of his arms holds conch-shell, i.e Shankh. Conch shell plays a very essential role in Hindu culture as it generates the holiest sound inside a religious sanctum. It is considered way propitious to play Shankh in Ganesha puja.
4- Sindoor (Red Vermillion): Just like Lord Hanumana, elephant-headed God-Ganesha is revered with red vermillion during puja in festivals. He loves to get adorned with sindoor, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi.
5- Marigold and Erukku Flowers: Divinities attract Flowers and as they have the ability to remove negativity from a person’s soul, thereby it is always preferred to offer garlands made of flower to gods. Lord Ganesha got a strong feeling of pleasure with marigold and erukku flowers.
6- Basil (Tulsi): Basil leaves aka Tulsi is Ganesha’s favorite. Tulsi is dipped in holy water and sometimes find separately in the puja thali and hence Lord is worshipped with tulsi leaves in Puja.
7- Leaves (Dhatura Bel): Lord Shiva– the father of Lord Ganesha is always presented with Dhatura Bel during every sacred observance, Just like his father, he too loves to have Bel leaves whilst puja.
8-Banana: Undoubtedly, Lord Ganesha is a great fond of all fruits especially bananas and he always wishes to have bananas in front of him while worshipping. This fruit is easily available and this adorable God enjoys its presence too much. He also likes to be offered banana leaves in any occasion.
9-Sweetmeats (Motichoor Ladoos): His Love for Motichoor Ladoos is unusually good. Even his cute belly describes his utter love towards this mouth-watering boondi- sweetmeat. For all delicious sweets, this delectable sweet dish is his one of the beloved foods.
10-Puffed Rice (Murmure): Murmure is puffed rice, and out of this a kind of sweet dish is prepared in houses, murmure is not so costly and does not need expensive ingredients to prepare. He likes the ladoos made from those murmure which shows his pure love towards his not so rich devotees.
On the contrary, it is also the right time to solemnize the greatness of Ganesh God who blesses our lives with everything we desire for. The Holy Land of India and its zealous devotees make each festival a grand festivity and celebrate innumerable festivals annually across all the corners of India. Hindu Mythology says that Lord Ganesha is the source of wisdom, enlightenment and prosperity. Venerating Lord Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi with sheer devotion and commitment would make us achieve good knowledge and opulence. If you are confused with the exact puja timings and Shubh Muhurat then Connect with Jyotirvid and get all the details on Ganesh Chaturthi instantly.
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