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Lord Ganesha is the one who is known to remove obstacles from one's life. He is also known as Ganapati, Binayak or Vinayaka. Lord Ganesha is also the most worshipped Hindu God. This year, in 2019, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 2 September.
Though Ganesha is worshipped mostly by the Hindu devotees, many Buddhists and Jains as well are devoted to Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is known by a number of attributes, but the elephant head of Ganesha is what is significant, with which one can identify him easily.
He is known for the wisdom and intellect that he possesses. Lord Ganesha is known to remove all the obstacles that come in the way of his devotees. He is also considered to be the Lord of holy beginnings. This is why Lord Ganesha is worshipped right at the beginning of all the auspicious rituals and ceremonies.
Lord Ganesha is worshipped on a number of secular occasions. Most people seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha when they start a new venture, that is when a new vehicle is purchased, or business is started, etc. Lord Ganesha has a very cuddly image and this is what evokes love amongst the devotees.
This Is What Lord Ganesh Loves The Most
The devotees of Lord Ganesha love to offer him various kinds of sweets, especially the modaks or the sweet balls known as ladoos. The idols of Lord Ganesha also depict him as carrying a small bowl of sweets in his hand. This bowl is known as the modakpatra.
Most devotees also tend to offer him a paste of red sandalwood and red flowers. Lord Ganesha has a number of favourite things that his devotees should keep in mind while offering it to him. Wednesday is considered to be Lord Ganesha's favourite day, according to the Hindu mythology.
On Wednesdays, the devotees of Lord Ganesha go to the temples and worship him. So, here is a list of the things that one could offer to Lord Ganesha, which are said to be his most favourite, take a look.
Lord Ganesha is known to be a foodie, particularly because of his round belly. Most devotees think that modaks are his favourite. There is no doubt that modaks are indeed his favourite; but Lord Ganesha also loves the motichoor ladoos. This is the reason as to why most of the Ganesha idols have a big and round motichoor ladoo carved in the left hand. Other than the modaks, the motichoor ladoos are prepared on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Lord Ganesha loves the Durva grass. The idols of Lord Ganesha have green grass on the right hand side. The grass that has three blades are offered to him, especially, and are placed on Ganesha's right hand.
Shankh, also referred to as the conch shell, is another favourite of Lord Ganesh. The conch shell is required for almost all the Hindu rituals and ceremonies. The sound that comes out from the conch shell is considered to be very holy. This is why the conch shell is blown three times during any auspicious ceremony. Lord Ganesha has four hands, and he holds a Shankh in one hand.
Lord Ganesha loves eating bananas, and he also loves the leaves of the banana tree. Most of the times, the idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with banana leaves. Also, according to mythology, Lord Ganesha was married to a banana tree.
Ganesha is known to love coconuts as well. This is why most of the devotees offer him coconuts along with the bananas.
The favourite colours of Lord Ganesha are green and yellow. This is why Lord Ganesha loves the marigold flowers because of the pure yellow colour that these flowers have.
All of Ganesha's favourite things must be offered to him during Ganesh Chaturthi whenever he is worshipped by his devotees.