Foods that Lord Ganesha loves, and you should too


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Of all the Hindu gods, Lord Ganesha holds a place that people across India love and admire. Known for his wisdom and benevolence, the child of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati is a marker of all things auspicious.

But the thing about Ganesha that appeals to people the most are the stories weaved around him, including those that describe his love for all things delicious.

There are a few food items that Ganesha is associated with. Here's a look at five of those very special ingredients.

1. Modak

There's a reason why Ganesha is called 'modapriya' or the lover of modaks. The dumplings stuffed with sweet coconut and jaggery are quite the delicacy. So when a visitor at Kailash mountain gifted a modak to Parvati, she asked her sons to divide it among themselves. Neither Ganesha nor Kartik wanted to do that, so Parvati set them a test--whoever circles the world thrice the fastest can claim the delicious sweet dish.

Kartik set off to circle the world, but Ganesha just circled his parents thrice, proving that they meant the world to him. Impressed by his gesture, Parvati gave him the modak, and the dessert has been associated with Ganesha ever since. Even today, a variety of modaks--steamed, fried, chocolatey--are offered up to Ganesha's idols on Ganesh Chaturthi.

2. Puffed rice

Ganesha is as benevolent and loving towards the poor as he is to the rich. Puffed rice, which is cheaply available, and is quite delicious, is turned into laddoos with jaggery and served to Ganesha.

A story in Shiva Purana describes how Ganesha, when invited by the super-rich Kubera, ate up a whole feast and yet wasn't satiated. Shiva then recommended that Kubera serve Ganesha some puffed rice with utter devotion and goodwill. When Kubera follows this advice, Ganesha's appetite is finally satiated, also proving that this elephant-headed god likes to snack after meals just as much as the rest of us do.

3. Motichoor laddoo

Clearly, Ganesha loves all things sweet, and his ample belly is proof of that. You wouldn't find a single idol or painting of his without a laddoo on one of his four hands. Yes, he clearly loves laddoos--the Indian sweet made with saffron-infused and aromatic, tiny boondi.

Of course Ganesha also loves other sorts of laddoos and pedhas, but the vibrant colour and taste of motichoor laddoos makes them stand out as his favourites. No wonder a bhog for Ganesha always includes motichoor laddoos.

4. Durva grass

Not a part of our regular diets, and yet durva grass holds a special meaning when associated with Ganesha. Myths describe how Ganesh defeated a demon called Analsura by swallowing him whole, but the demon raged within his tummy, leading to indigestion. None of the cures suggested by Shiva, Vishnu or Indra could get rid of the elephant-god's angst.

That's when some sages offered him 21 blades of durva grass. Ganesha consumed them, and felt instant relief. A god who loves to eat would always be in need of such a cure, and so Ganesha always preferred the durva grass over any other cure for indigestion. Since then, 21 blades of durva grass are offered up to the god's deity.

5. Bananas

Although all seasonal fruits are said to be favoured by Ganesha, the banana rules over them all. The reason? Mythologically, Ganesha is said to have two wives--Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (spiritual power).

But in Bengal, especially during the Durga Puja, Ganesha's wife is always depicted as Kala bou, or Banana lady. A banana tree draped in a saree is always represented beside Ganesha. No wonder the fruit of the tree is favoured by this god! Plus, it's delicous and nutritious, so any hunger pangs this foodie-god may have are always satiated by bananas.



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