Why is Modak so important for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
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Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
will begin from tomorrow this year. The 10-day long festivities will see a host of sweets being offered to Lord Ganesh.
Based on Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesh loves laddoo, modak
, and other sweets, which is why he is also known as Modakpriya
It further states that Modak is the favourite sweet of Lord Ganesha, which is why he was also known as Modapriya, meaning someone who loves to eat Modak. Traditionally is made with rice flour, jaggery, and coconut, but you can find many unique and creative varieties of this sweet.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are incomplete without ‘modak’.
According to astrologers, there is a mythological significance to the auspicious sweet. The concept behind ’21 modaks’ that are served to the Lord on the auspicious occasion, states that once when Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesh visited Anusuya
, the wife of sage Atri, at their home in a forest, Shiva and Ganesh were hungry.
“Lord Shiva was made to wait by Anusuya until Lord Ganesh’s hunger was satiated. This angered him, but he waited while Ganesh was fed with all kinds of delicacies. The latter, being a big foodie, ate everything and kept asking for more. Anusuya realised she may not be able to satisfy him with her regular recipes, but that something sweet may help fill his tummy”.
So, when Anusuya offered a piece of sweet to Ganesh and he ate it and burped after eating it to signify that he was full now. Interestingly, when Lord Ganesh burped, Lord Shiva also burped but 21 times.
This made Anusuya realise that it its modak that satiated both Ganesh and Shiva’s hunger. This led to her expressing the wish that devotees of Ganesha should offer 21 modaks to him during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
The practice became popular here on Earth and on every Ganesh Chaturthi, people make different kinds of “modaks” to offer to Ganpati Bappa