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  • No worship is said to be complete without sacrifice and offering food to God
  • Offering food is considered as a sacrificial act and it reminds us that food is not merely intended to appease our taste
  • The devotees are often  confused thinking which sweet or food to offer to their favourite Hindu God

The offering of food to God is an important ritual in Hinduism. It is a timeless legacy shared by the people of this land and a symbol of the culture deeply rooted in the community that continues to influence the modern minds of today.

No worship is said to be complete without sacrifice and offering food to God. The process of preparing the food, offering it to the lord and finally eating it as prasadam has a spiritual significance. We are acquitted from the karma involved in acquiring the food. Offering food is considered as a sacrificial act and it reminds us that food is not merely intended to appease our taste.
“Prasada” in Sanskrit means “mercy,” or the divine blessings of the lord. The hidden principle behind the offering is humility. It is a means of saying “ thank you “, to the Lord who gives us our daily food. By this offering, we not only make spiritual progress but it is also believed that the food is purified.

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But often, the devotees are confused thinking which sweet or food to offer to their favourite Hindu god. As there are stories from mythology that say that a certain God favours a particular food, people tend to fixate on offering the “favourite” food of the lord. But, regardless of what food you give as an offering, if done with true devotion and a clear selfless heart, you will surely be bestowed with the blessings of Him.

If you are confused about the favourite food of Hindu Gods, fret no more! Here are some of the favourite food items of Hindu Gods:

Milk

Offering Milk to Lord Shiva. Image source: www.14gaam.com
Offering Milk to Lord Shiva. Image source: www.14gaam.com

Shiva Agamas give a lot of importance to abhishekam in Shiva pooja and it makes the ceremonies many times more effective. Hence, Milk is offered as neivedyam and abhishekam to Lord Shiva and Ganesha.

Ladoo

Laddoo, a sweet. Image Source :ruchiskitchen.com

Beautiful  laddoos are  offered as naivediyam or bhog to Lord Ganesha as it is believed to be his favourite sweet. It is a versatile sweet that can also be offered to other gods.

Red Lentils

Offered to God by mixing with jaggery and water, red lentils are considered to be favoured by Lord Hanuman and Surya Dev. This is a common food item and can be seen in a lot of Hindu festivals.

Yellow Lentils

Yellow Lentils. Image Source :boldsky.com

It is said that any offering in yellow impresses Lord Vishnu. Yellow lentils, jaggery, yellow laddoo, etc. are considered the favourite dishes of Lord Vishnu.

Bhang Bhang

Image Source :ohmyindia.com

Image Source :ohmyindia.com

It is said that Lord Shiva, who lives a life of a sage in the mountains, drinks such intoxicating substance in the extreme cold terrains. He is offered hemp leaves, sugar, curd and dhatura.

Jaggery

Jaggery can either be mixed with milk or lentils, or simply offered as a sweet to the God. This one is quite popular food item that is offered to the Hindu Gods by the beleivers of the community.

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Saffron

Saffron flower. Image source: www.telegraph.co.uk
Saffron flower. Image source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord Shiva and Surya Dev are offered this aromatic flavouring spice either raw or mixed with milk. Saffron has a strong fragrance and is used in many food items as well.

Black Sesame Seeds

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It is said that Shani Dev, Rahu and Ketu love black items. Hence Black Sesame Seeds are offered to Him by Hindu followers.

Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil. Image source: www.boldsky.com
Mustard Oil. Image source: www.boldsky.com

In an effort to reduce the side effects of Sadi Sati, mustard oil is offered to Shani Dev. Shani Puja is quite popular in Hinduism and is celebrated all over India.

Rice

Rice-grain. Image source: guardian.ng
Rice-grain. Image source: guardian.ng

Rice and dal are often offered to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Krishna, and Shiva. Raw rice mixed with sugar is offered to Lord Shiva and the moon.

Butter

Butter. Image source: www.marketwatch.com
Butter. Image source: www.marketwatch.com

Known as the Makhan Chor, Lord Krishna loves butter and is said to be  impressed by offering other dairy products like curd and cream.

Modak

Modak. Image source: baysidejournal.com
Modak. Image source: baysidejournal.com

This white dumpling made of rice flour and filled with jaggery is prepared in large quantities during Ganesh Chaturthi  and offered to Lord Ganesha, who is often depicted with the Modakam in his left hand.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna of Newsgram. Twitter:@ajkrish14

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is the foremost reason I love festivals and occasions. You get to eat the tastiest food at that time after offering it to god.

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Cricket has become a popular sport in Chicago. Around 900 people play the game in the windy city.

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Cricket is more a religion, less a sport in India. People are obsessed with the sport and magnitude of love cannot be defined in words.

In the United States, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer are obviously more popular. However, Cricket has a strong presence due to the passion and love of Indians for the game. The Indian community in USA avidly plays and promotes cricket and, in the process comes closer to each other.

 

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The passion for the game is unreal in USA too. Working men enjoy the sport in their free time. They even book grounds (baseball/soccer grounds) to practice and conduct tournament matches. The players are from all backgrounds – students, businessmen, lawyers, IT professionals to doctors. They all take out time out of their busy schedules and come together to rejoice the gentleman’s game in the windy city.

Tournaments in Chicago

As cricket has a strong presence in Chicago, many friendly yet competitive tournaments are conducted by cricket fanatics to keep the game alive.

Chicagotwenty20 tournament

Chicagotwenty20 is the oldest cricket tournament that was conducted in Chicago. It’s first season took place in 2009 and the tenth season was played in 2018. The league is played in 20 overs format. 56 teams participate from Chicago and are divided into groups 4 with 14 teams in each group.  Each team has a squad of 16 players with 11 playing and rest 5 as extras. Each team has a home ground. 7 matches are played at home ground and the rest at the opponent’s ground. The top eight teams from each group are qualified for the quarter finals. The tournament is almost four months long. The best player of the winning team is awarded the man of the match in every match. Best Batsman, Best bowler, MVP ( most valuable player) awards are given at the end of the season.

The 2018 season was won by team Yorkers. The Best Batsman, Highest score and the MVP award was given to Mr Pavan Shetty of team Yorkers, who scored 418 runs. The best bowler award was given to Sivakumar for taking 27 wickets.

 

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This is the team who connected via the meetup link which has more than 300 members.

 

WLCA Super 8 tournament

WLCA (West Loop Cricket Association, Chicago) was formed by four IT professionals in 2016 with the sole objective of promoting the game of cricket in Chicago City area. Based out of vibrant and affluent Chicago West Loop, WLCA is an assemblage of 300+ cricket players. These cricket enthusiasts come from different walks of life being corporate professionals, UIC/IIT students and local businessmen. There are hundreds of followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

WLCA mainly involve in:

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The WLCA hosts Super 8 Cricket tournament which started in 2017 by the West Loop cricket association (WLCA). It is played under the format of 8 overs and 8 players in each team. This concept of tournament was the first to be launched by WLCA in Chicago. This is the shortest time-consuming format (2 days) and the played at the heart of Chicago Downtown. The first season was extremely successful (12 teams) and participating teams called out as the best organized cricket tournament amongst many happening in Chicago.

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Westloop Wolves Team.

 

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International Khiladies (A4) Ballers(B4) Knights(C4) CSK+(D4)

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People sacrifice other chores just to enjoy this beautiful game and to keep it alive in countries outside India where cricket is not a major sport.