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Hoping This Ganesh Festival
Will Be The Start Of Something Good
And End Of Something Bad
Wishing You Loads And Loads Of Good Luck
Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi... 

In south we celebrate Ganesha chaturthi today...Smile

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ganpati bappa moraya

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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to AllHug

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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all.
Ganapati Bappa Morya.
Mangal Murti Morya.


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Today is GANESH CHATURTHI
 
 
Ganesh festival is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. But it is an especially popular festival in Maharashtra.

It is said that Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak encouraged people to celebrate the Ganesh Festival during the British raj as a social and cultural activity and it was expected that the platform of these celebrations would serve as a veiled motivation to Indians to fight for Independence. In olden days the celebrations in Maharashtra would last for a Fortnight and many Dramas, skits,song and dance programmes, Bhajans, Keertans etc were arranged. Huge crowds used to gather to enjoy this mix of free entertainment. Later on, some organisers began to show films for free as well.

Lord Ganesh is undoubtedly the most popular deity in India. According to traditions, no religious or cultural programme will ever start without first offering prayer to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Ganesh is "VIGHNA HARTA", that is- One who will dispel all obstacles.

Many films were produced on Ganesha Stories. There is plenty of literature in our old scriptures about Ganesha. His life is full of enchanting stories of his valour and wisdom, actually his birth itself is an interesting story. Ganesha is supposed to be the son of Shankar and Parvati,and the younger brother of Lord Subramanyam or Kumar Swami or Kartikeya.

Ganesh is very popular among children and this was encashed by ingenious filmmakers by producing animation films like My friend Ganesha etc.

In Ganesh Puran,there are many stories which are connected with almost all other Gods. There is a story about how even Lord Shri Krishna suffered, because of a curse by Ganesha. A film on this story was made in 1950. It was Shree Ganesh Mahima,by Basant pictures. The director was the producer Homi Wadia and in this film Meena Kumari had acted opposite Mahipal. My be, this was the only Mythological film of Meena Kumari. Although the title of the film was about Ganesha, most of the film centred around Lord Shri Krishna.

The story of the film was-

Great and Miraculous power are attributed to Shri Ganesh the benefactor of mortals as well as the immortals. Such a benign being was once laughted at by Chandra only to be cursed by him. Realising his folly Chandra begged her forgivenness and the curse was modified by the merciful divinity to be effective only on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. He ordained that anybody looking at the moon on that day will be a victim of false accusations. It was on such a day that Shri Krishna unwittingly looked at the moon and had to suffer the indignity of being falsely accused of theft of Syamantak Mani. This jewel was acquired by Satrajit, one of the Yadavas as a boon from God Sun. Shri Krishna had sent Narad to Satrajit expressing his desire to possess the Mani. The events took such a turn that there was circumstantial evidence against Shri Krishna who happened to be at the Chambers of Satrajit's daughter Satyabhama, devotee of Lord Krishna on the night prior to Satrajits losing the Mani. Shri Krishna was shocked at such allegation made by Satrajit and Shatadhanva ( Another Yadava) who had been promised by Satrajit the hand of his daughter Satyabhama.

Shri Krishna took upon himself to find out the jewel and redeem it to its rightful owner only to clear himself of the allegation. A search party was organised which came across the dead body of Prasain, a carcass of lion and also the foot-prints of a bear blazing a new trail which when followed led the party to a cave. Shri Krishna went inside the cave telling the followers to wait at the cave entrance for seven days and if he did not return by then, to go back to Dwarka. Inside the cave Shri Krishna found the Syamantak Mani and also Jambuwanti, the daughter of the powerful bear king Jambuwant. There ensued a fight between Shri Krishna and Jambuwant lasting for twentyone days. The people at the entrance of the cave returned as per instruction after the seventh day. The duration of this fight gave Shatadhanva a real chance for villainy. He puts in an all over effort to win the hand of Satyabhama who would marry none but Shri Krishna. Jambuwant after losing the battle gave away his daughter in marriage and Syamantak Mani as dowry to Shri Krishna.

Coming to Dwarka, Shri Krishna returned the jewel to its rightful owner, Satrajit repented and made amends by giving away his daughter to Shri Krishna in marriage. Shatadhanva came to know of this alliance and made short work of his unsupecting father Satrajit and decamped with the Mani. Shri Krishna brought justice to the evil doer and the villain Shatachanva fell a victim to his famous Sudershana Chakra.

The singer's name is not mentioned anywhere. The You Tube entry however mentions that the song is shot on an actress called Mangala.

Let us hear this Ganesh Stuti song on Ganesh Chaturthi Day...

 

Hey Ganesh jai Ganesh (Shri Ganesh Mahima)(1950) Lyrics-Ramesh Pandey,
MD-S N Tripathi
 
hey ganesh jai ganesh
hey ganesh jai ganesh
aayi sharan teri
hey ganesh jai ganesh

ab to laaj tumhare haath
ab to laaj tumhare haath
vinti sun meri
hey ganesh jai ganesh
aayi sharan teri
hey ganesh jai ganesh

koi nahin tum samaan
tum hi sarv shaktimaan
koi nahin tum samaan
tum hi sarv shaktimaan
rakh leyu prannath
rakh leyu prannath
charanan ki teri
hey ganesh jai ganesh
aayi sharan teri
hey ganesh jai ganesh

 

 
 
 
 
 
Ganesh is said to be the God of knowledge and wisdom. His very form is intended to inspire people and teach them ways to lead a happier life.

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Lord Ganesh is also famous for his love of modak - delicious little deep fried dumplings with sweet and juicy filling of coconut, jaggery and nuts.

Here's how you can make and enjoy these yourself!

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For the filling:

- Grate one coconut and grind it coarsely. This should come out to be about 1 cup.
- Grate jaggery into small chunks. As for quantity, if the grated coconut comes out to be 1 cup, take about 3/4 cup of jaggery. This loosely works for most sweets including laddus. When you take 1 cup of the main ingredient, you can take about half or three fourth of the measure of sweetener. In our case we are using jaggery, you can substitute it with powdered sugar if you prefer that taste.
- Coarsely grind about half a cup of of assorted unsalted nuts. I used almonds, cashew, pistachios and some peanuts. Leave some rather large pieces intact for the lovely crunch.

- Take a handful of dry chana daal (Bengal gram daal)
- 2 tsps of white til (sesame)
- 2 tsp of khaskhas (poppy seeds)
- 1/2 tsp of ilaichi (cardamom) powder or you can use jaiphal (nutmeg) powder
- ghee about 1/2 tbsp
modak 2

In a dry pan, roast chana daal, sesame and poppy seeds. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan, add some ghee. Once it melts, add coconut and jaggery. Keep stirring. Once jaggery melts, the color of coconut will change from white to golden brown. Now add roasted sesame, poppy seeds, nuts mixture, ilaichi powder and cook some more, stirring continuously.
Some households also add milk to this mixture. Have never tried that myself, though.

Take the cooked stuffing out of the pan and leave aside for cooling.
While it cools, knead your dough.
You'll need
- Two cups wheat flour or maida (plain flour)
- 1/4 cup sooji (rawa / semolina)
- 1 tbsp ghee
- salt to taste and
- water as required
- Ghee or oil for deep drying

Knead together all ingredients making sure the dough is soft. Not too sticky, nor too dry.
Divide into lemon sized balls and roll each of them into a small sized chapati or poori.

modak 3

Now is a little tricky part. Take this poori on your palm and pinch the sides about 5 to 6 times. In the middle hollow add the stuffing you prepared above.

modak 4 With a delicate hand, collect pinched edges and stick them together at the center.

modak 5 Take ghee or oil for deep frying into a pan and heat it. Once it is sufficiently hot, add prepared modaks, about 3-4 at a time and fry till they turn golden.
Never keep the modaks around before frying for a long time. The covering will start cracking if it gets dry. If you do need to leave aside for some reason, cover them with a clean damp cloth.

modak 6

Offer these yummy golden smallies to Lord Ganesh and serve to all your family and friends with love.

Enjoy your Ganesh Chaturthi!

May Lord Ganesh bless you all !!

 
 
 

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Happy Ganesh Chaturti to all! Ganpati Bappa Morya, pudchya varsh laukar ya!

Aani whoever's eating modak, mala pan parcel karta ka? LOL

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Ganpati Bappa Morya 

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 

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Ganpati bappa... moriya!! Mangal murthi... moriya!! A very happy ganesh Chaturthi to all Hug 
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