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Festive Modak for Lord Ganesh Festival.



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* Festive Modak to Welcome Lord Ganesha *


        Festive preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi,the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-head god,Lord Ganesha have just begun.The festival starting on 5th Sept this year lasts for 10 days,and is traditionally celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

        Lord Ganesha is the God of wisdom, success and prosperity.

       As per Hindu mythology Lord Ganesh is considered as "Vighna Harta" (one who removes obstacles) and "Buddhi Pradaayaka" (one who grants intelligence).

       I thought of sharing my wonderful memories from childhood with this festive occasion and also a bit of information about the festive food.

      Modak a,mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
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      I remember helping my mum with the preparations of the Ganesha pooja and then enjoying the array of sweets and savoury dishes with the whole family.

      My dad would bring us all to different places to see the celebrations of the Ganesh festival,the huge decorations,festive lights,the Ganesh statues and then we would visit special food outlets which sold savoury dishes and the most favourite of all,Modaks and Ladoos.We would visit traditional dance,and music programmes.  

     Modak is a popular sweet prepared in Western and Southern states of India especially during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

    It is a sweet dumpling stuffed with a sweet filling made of coconut,jaggery,and a hint of cardamom and saffron and the outer casing is made of rice flour.These are either steamed or fried.

    Modak have a very special importance in the worship of the Hindu elephant head god, Ganesh as it is believed to be his favorite food.

  Symbolism:

     'Moda' means Bliss (Anand) and 'ka' means a small part. So,modak is a small part of Bliss. 

  A modak is shaped like a coconut, that is it is like the cavity 'kha' in the Brahmarandhra. When the kundalini (spiritual energy) reaches the 'kha' cavity, the spiritual experience of Bliss is obtained. The modak held in the hand signifies Bliss endowing energy. 

'  The modak symbolises spiritual knowledge (dnyan): hence it is also called dnyanmodak. Initially it seems that spiritual knowledge is little (the tip of the modak represents this); but as one starts studying Spirituality, one realises its vastness (the base of the modak symbolises this.) A modak is sweet in taste. The Bliss acquired through spiritual knowledge too is like that.' 

  The modak symbolises the happiness and joy a seeker derives from the spiritual pursuit. The occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi gives us, as spiritual aspirants, an opportunity to remember what Lord Ganesha stands for.

   A chance to reignite ourselves in our search for Divinity.

   With spiritual knowledge also comes a bit of nutritional and medicinal aspect of the contents used as stuffing for the Modak.

coconuts ayurvedic importance  Benefits of Coconut:

  • Helps prevent obesity by speeding up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy.
  • Unlike other fats, the unique properties of coconut also contain a large amount of lauric acid, which is the predominant fatty acid found in mother's milk.
  • Reduces sweet cravings and improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.  The healthy fat in coconut slows down any rise in blood sugar and helps to reduce hypoglycemic cravings. 
  • Improves digestion and many of the symptoms and inflammatory conditions associated with digestive and bowel disorders, by supporting absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids while also providing beneficial dietary fiber.
  • Quick Energy Boost that provides a super nutritious source of extra energy. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as body fat. It supports improved endurance during physical and athletic performance.
  • Coconut water has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage full of vitamins and nutrients. It contains potassium, calcium and magnesium that boost your immune system. It is also a great way of preventing dehydration.
  • Coconut Oil – In addition to being superior for cooking and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb topical oil that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.
  • Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
  •  Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.


  
jaggery-ayurvedic health benefitsBenefits of Jaggery:


  •  Jaggery is a sweetener that’s becoming popular as a “healthy” replacement for sugar.
  • Jaggery is a more complex form of carbohydrate than plain sugar. When you eat jaggery, it is digested and absorbed gradually and releases energy over an extended period of time.
  • Jaggery contains more nutrients than refined sugar because of its molasses content.
Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, which is usually removed when making refined sugar.

  •  For centuries on the Indian Subcontinent, it (sugar cane jaggery) has been in use as a lung, throat, and respiratory tract cleanser as well as an additive to the local remedies for coughs and colds. This cleansing property of jaggery has been proven over many generations.
  • Date palm jaggery is manufactured and consumed in the winter. It has a warming effect on the body and is nutritious as well.
  • It is best consumed during the winter months because winter is the season of fresh jaggery. Since it is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals, jaggery boosts immunity, keeps the body warm, helps treat cold and cough and controls the temperature of the body.
  • Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation.
  • Jaggery, due to its richness in many essential nutrients, is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems, especially providing relief from cramps.
  • Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anaemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained. This is especially beneficial for pregnant women.
  • Jaggery is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss.


 I wish you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !!

 May the Lord bless you and all your loved ones !!
















2 Comments to Festive Modak for Lord Ganesh Festival.:

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Anonymous on Tuesday 1 May 2018 14:51
Nice work thanks
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Shannon on Thursday 3 May 2018 11:00
Nice blog
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