September 15, 2023

Ganesh Chaturthi Special Prasadam (Vinayaka Chaturthi) - Ganesh Utsav / Ganeshotsav

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 Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is the most sought after Hindu Festival . Everyone loves to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and glory .  Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the Holy month of Bhadrapada as per Indian Almanac which is around August - September as per Gregorian calender . This year we are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi on 18th September 2023.

Mumbai is known for  Ganesh Chaturthi festival which lasts for 10 days  known as Ganesh Utsav or Ganeshotsav .We can hear everyone singing Ganapati Bappa Morya , Mangal moorthy Morya while they invite Ganpati Bappa Home.

Having grown up in Mumbai, I have my set of beautiful and divine memories of celebrating the Ganesh Utsav for 10 days.It is very difficult to bid adieu to Ganesha on Ananth Chaturthi.  The entire city of Mumbai puts up a very vibrant look and there is just positive vibes all over.  I always have my heart in Mumbai during Ganesh Utsav .Bangalore also celebrates Ganesh Utsava in its own way and there is a vibrant charm all over the city.

The atmosphere is so positive and vibrant during this festive season in every home . Everyone at home gets into planning of bringing the best Ganesha idol home by placing the order for the Murthy well in advance with the sculptor .The decor planning also starts much before with kids ,elders all getting into festive mood . The ladies of the house get into the planning of prasad and neivedya making and list out what bhog to be offered as long as we have Ganapati Bappa at our abode. I am detailing the list of prasadams we can offer to Lord Ganesha during the 10 day Festival . Click on the recipe names below for a detailed procedure to make.

South Indian Style Prasadam Menu 

Modakam/ Kozhukkattai 
Ammini Kozhukkattai 
Kondakadalai Sundal 
Pachai Arisi Idli (Raw rice Idli)
Ulundhu Vadai (Medhu Vadai)
Aval Payasam 
Baalehannu Rasayana 


Maharashtrian Style Prasadam Menu

Ukidiche Modak 
Varan Bhaat
Puri - Batatachya Bhaji 
Kothimbir Vadi 
Khamang Kakdi
Dry fruits Kheer

After the 10 day festivity, it is very heart breaking to send off Lord Ganesha . This process is called as Visarjan wherein Lord Ganesha is immersed into the sea and we bid a farewell to him .While sending him off,we all wish and pray for his return next year and the mind begins to plan on how to welcome him home coming year .
Ganapati Bappa Morya ,Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya ..this is what is chanted while we bid him adieu,meaning  "oh lord Ganesha,pls come back soon next year" .

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  1. I love how elaborate these two thalis are yet sumptuous to feed the god who loves good food. two days of my pooja bhog ideas are now solved.

  2. Lord Ganesh will be pleased to see both the yummy thalis. The ideas in both the thalis are giving me ideas to make for ganesh. I had nothing planned. Thanks.

  3. loving both the thalis for Ganpati :-) makes the choice very difficult to choose one, esp the Sundal and the basundi... - Kalyani

  4. Scrumptious thali priya! Love the variety in the both the thali's, both has Ganesh ji favorite modagam!


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