Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pass the Modak!

I'm informed today is the last day of the Ganesh Festival. One great thing about working with lots of transaplants from India is I get to learn about these festivals and sample the treats that go along with them. I'm going to be munching on some modak here in a moment and reading up on what it is I'm celebrating by doing so ...

Ganesh Chaturthi - Ganpati Festival 2010. Ganesh Chaturthi History.

Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one's desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya - the general of the gods, Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).

Ganesh Festival, India, Mumbai
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