Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha, is celebrated with great religious fervor throughout India. It is a major festival in Hindu calendar and celebrated in a grand way every where especially in Maharashtra. Dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha, the festival continues for 10 days. Celebration reaches its peak at the last day of celebration when shrines are erected and huge idols of Ganeshji are carried in grand procession for submerging in water. Lord Ganesha, The Remover of Obstacles, is known for his inclination towards sweets. Therefore a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha includes various sweet delicacies prepared during the festival. Modak is the most popular sweet dish being prepared exclusively for the celebration of Ganesh chaturthi. Here are some of the popular sweets and delicacies prepared for the festival of Ganesh chaturthi.
Modak is the most popular sweet dish prepared on Ganesh chaturthi. It is known as the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha. People consider it a must to make Modak on the very first day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Modak is a sweet dumpling stuffed with coconut and jaggery. This special sweet is greatly associated with Lord Ganesha.
Puliyodarai is one of the famous recipes prepared on the auspicious celebration of Ganesha Utsav. It’s a rice dish prepared with turmeric, dal and seeds.
Puran Poli is one of the famous dishes of Maharashtra and prepared with great observance on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s a sweet flatbread stuffed with fillings of jaggery and Bengal gram dal. According to Indian tradition dishes such as puri and halwa must be included in the menu of birthday celebrations. So Puran Poli has its special place on the birthday celebration of Lord Ganesha.
Moong Dal Ka Halwa
Moong Dal Ka Halwa is another sweet delicacy prepared to offer Lord Ganesha. It is also a traditional mounth watering Rajasthani dessert prepared with moong dal and ghee.
Rawa Ladoo is another special dish prepared on Ganesh Chaturthi. The prinicipal ingredients are rava(Semolina) and ghee. Rawa Ladoo after being offered to Lord Ganesha is popularly distributed as Prasad among the devotees.
Besan Ke Ladoo
Besan ladoos are also popular on Ganesh Chaturthi festival. These ladoos are prepared with Gram Flour (besan), ghee and sugar and no doubt are very tasty and loved by every one. Ladoos are considered auspicious to offer to God and Besan Ladoos are very popular on the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Kaju Ke Barfi
Kaju Barfi is also another special sweet prepared on this auspicious occasion. It’s a delicious recipe prepared with cashew nuts, sugar and ghee. The enjoyment of this ten days festivals doubles by preparing this delicious delicacy and offering to Lord Ganesha. All these sweets can be distributed among the devotees as Prasad after offering to Lord Ganesha.
Motichoor Ladoo is considered to be the favorite food of Lord Ganesha. This special sweet finds a special mention in the aarti of lord Ganesha. So Motichoor Ladoo has a special place on celebration of Ganesha festival. These ladoos are small sweet balls made from Gram flour, milk and ghee and are really superb in taste.
Karanji is also one of the special and delicious recipes for the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Karanjis are flour dumplings stuffed with a sweet mixture of fresh or dry coconut and sugar and then deep fried. Karanji is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet made on special occasions.