Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ganpati Bappa Moraya

This is the chant i grew up hearing every year when the elephant god was brought to our homes with much fanfare and celebration. Ganesh Chaturthi is a very big festival like all the others :) and celebrated in a big way in Mumbai.

There are huge pandals with varied themes and decorations ranging from mythology to current events and huge Ganesha idols preside over all of these. Throngs of devotees wait for hours in long queues to catch a glimpse of their favorite god, participate in the aarati and partake prasadam.

For me and hubby dear, this is an important festival as Ganesha is our favorite God. So, like every year we celebrated the festival this year also. The highlight was i prepared the entire Neivedya without any help :-). Here's what I made.

Clockwise starting with salt, poori, potato-peas sabzi, tomato chatni, hesarbele kosambri, papad, steamed modak, fried modak, basundi, and rice-dal. All the dishes turned out well and we had a good lunch :).

Many things have changed, some for the better. We no longer immerse the idols in wells, lakes etc, but in a bucket in our house. My little one was thoroughly excited, fascinated, and amused with all these customs. He loved every minute of it and refused to budge from his position in front of the idol. We finally managed to convince him that bappa had to go back to his house and he agreed :-).


Roopa said...

The nevidya thali looks delicious! looks like you all had a great feast :)

Sharmi said...

that sounds like a great feast. you seem to have had a great time.

Sia said...

hi anu, thank u for leaving a comment in my space and leading me to urs. looking at those neivedyam i dont have to ask how well u celebrated ganesh chaturthi:)

Grihini said...

Hi Anu.. came across your blog. Its a good one. Me too a new joinee to this blog world. :)
Hope to learn some good recipes from u..

Anu said...

Roopa: Thanks.. Yep we did enjoy :)

Sharmi: Thanks :)

Sia: Thanks :) It was a pleasure visiting your blog.

Grihini: Thanks :) Will visit your blog for sure

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Hi Anu!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

This sounds like a wonderful tradition that I am sure is wonderful for children to learn who they are and where they come from.

Your food looks delicious!

Jeena said...

Wow this looks lovely I bet you really enjoyed it all. :)

Anu said...

Jenn: Thanks. This is a very big festival for us :)

Jeena: Thanks. We sure did enjoy a lot :)

TBC said...

What a beautiful idol! I like the way you/your mom makes spicy poha.

helloorders said...

Ganesh Chaturthi (IAST: Gaṇēśa Chaturthī), also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi(Vināyaka Chaturthī), is the Hindu festival that reveres god Ganesha. A ten-day festival, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in Gregorian months of August or September.

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