Bappa Modak De
Let's rewind the month then, shall we?
Then followed by Krishna Janmashtami. We usually fast on this day and after midnight we leave our fast by having dinner hence the meal is usually simple as after an entire day of fasting you don't crave for fancy food. The highlight of the day is homemade butter aka loni / लोणी aka makkhan / मखन .
|श्री कृष्ण - हलके हलके जोजवा|
Ganeshji came to reside with us ten days after Janmashtami and needless to say came with lots of goodies. This year around with the help of my mom-in-law, we had a well planned menu for the five days and accordingly had stocked the pantry. It saves on a lot of prep time and gives you plenty of time to actually enjoy the festival.
Hims Kitchen was bustling with various traditional food dishes like Aluchi wadi made from colocasia leaves. The leaves are pasted with a spicy batter comprising of gram flour / besan.
|आंबट वरण भात आणि कोशिंबीर|
|Meal offered to God: नेवैद्य|
|Kheer Puri for Undir Maharaj on the third day.|
|Big Modak protected by Undir Maharaj|
|Gannu keeps his share of Kesar Kaju Modak|
When Gannu has his share how can Kaivalya, our nephew miss out on his. Kaivalya with his innocent face would directly ask Gannu, " बाप्पा मोदक दे!? " meaning Bappa give me Modak. Now, who would not grant such a wish.
|Kaivalya with Kripalu Gannu & Me giving him prasad ;)|
I believe traditions and customs bring families together and give us few days to live together and spread smiles. Forget our griefs and worries in front of our deity and embrace his blessings. But a word of caution God doesn't ask us to spend out of budgets and shower him with jewels. He doesn't command decorations which will neither impart knowledge nor benefit the environment. He definitely doesn't want to dance in loud music and halt traffic. He just wants us to come together, meet each other, know who stays in your neighbourhood, eat good and stay happy else there will be a time when Gannu might actually say, आता मांझी सटकली :)
Let's pray to Ganesha to Bless us all with a sensitive soul & sensible intellect.
|!!Ganapati Bappa Morya!!|