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Now You Can Savor Modaks and Other Healthy Foods on the Occasion Ganesh Chaturthi

Preparing sweets and food at home will help in controlling your oil and sugar intake and enjoying a guilt-free Ganesh Chaturthi

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A Ganesh Murti on display on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia
  • For people with diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi may feel like a daunting prospect due to fried food and sweets
  • This season, try to make your own delicacies and sweets at home in order to make them healthier
  • Apart from reviving the traditional way of celebration, you will be able to control your oil and sugar intake and enjoy a guilt-free Ganesh Chaturthi without compromising on your health

New Delhi, August 21, 2017: One can’t just ignore the risks associated with health that come along with festival foods, even though they delight the foodie inside you. Aishwarya Parameshwaran has listed a few tips that can make Ganesh Chaturthi both healthy and fun.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, the food items like Puri-bhaji, Modaks, Puran polis, aluwadi are sufficient to melt your heart. We lose control while looking at mouth-watering food but without delicious food and sweets, this festival would be incomplete.

For people suffering diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi might feel difficult to deal with as eating fried festival food depicts a way of celebrating this festival in a traditional manner but it could have an impact on weight management, cholesterol, and glucose level in the blood. Make an attempt to cook your own delicacies and sweets at home this season. You will not only be able to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi in a traditional manner but it’ll also help you control your oil and sugar intake. This is turn will make your Ganesh Chaturthi guilt-free as you will not be making a compromise with your health.

Listed below are a few tips to go healthy this Ganesh Chaturthi:

Puri

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Puri bhaji. Wikimedia

We rely on tissues to make the crispy, fried puris healthier. But, all the oil cannot be soaked from these puris using tissues. If you’re suffering from cholesterol and are stuck in a fix, we will provide you with a solution. The only change you need to take is to try baking the puris instead of frying! Knead the whole wheat flour well and then divide the dough into similar parts to roll them into the shape of a puri. Then, place them on a tray covered with grease after pricking them with a fork. Bake your wheat puris in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, at 200 degree Celsius. Savor these healthy puris with potato vegetable!

Modak

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Using jaggery instead of sugar will make your modaks healthy and tastier. Wikimedia

Consuming this sweet in large quantity can have an impact on your health. It appears as a healthy dish because it is not fried and is steamed, but it still remains unhealthy due to a lot of sugar present in it. You can make it nutritious and healthy by using jaggery instead of sugar. Jaggery, a natural sweetener, is not only enriched with iron but it helps to flush out the toxing from your body by cleaning up the liver. So, make way for healthier and tastier modaks!

 Puran Poli

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Maharashtrian Puran Poli. Wikimedia

Puran Poli, Maharashtra’s most famous dish, is a must during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a Maharashtra’s classic dish which is made using red gram (tuvar dal) or yellow gram (chana dal) with a mixture of cardamom, ghee, coconut, and jaggery stuffed in it. This mixture is full of calories due to its sweetness. So, we recommend you to use ghee negligible quantities and choose wheat flour to make it even more healthier.

Sheera

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Sheera prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia

All you got to do to make sheera healthier is use minimum ghee and natural sweeteners like banana, dates, or figs instead of sugar. Preparing it at home will make you get everyone’s help at home and also control the quantities of calories/sugar in the sweet. Home-made sheera will definitely be healthier and safer as compared to the outside one.

Also Read: Ganesh Chaturthi: The Birth Anniversary of the Mighty “Vighnaharta”

 Alu wadi

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Patrado is a Konkani & Malvani dish from the konkan region. It’s made with Taro leaves stuffed with a coarse paste made of rice, lentils and spices. Patrado also has a sweet version called Alu wadi mostly eaten as a snack in Gujarat. Wikimedia

Alu wadi, also known as Patra is a savory dish of Maharashtra and is prepared during festivals and special occasions in Maharashtra. Alu wadi is prepared with taro leaves, known to be very good for people with diabetes. The leaves also help in digestion due to their high fiber content. You can just consume this dish after steaming it or choosing shallow frying. This way you can enjoy amazing food along with keeping your health in mind.

Fruits 

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Choosing fruits as an alternative to sweets and fried snacks is a healthy option. Wikimedia

The hunger between our meals, make us have unhealthy sweets, fried chips, etc and few people even try to disregard that hunger. This can make your body go through acidity because this will only make you restless and tired. Choosing fruits as an alternative is a healthy option and it will not only fill your stomach temporarily but will also prevent you from feeling lazy.

Juices and drinks

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Mosambi Juice. Wikimedia

Almost all processed foods or beverages contain huge amounts of fructose which poses a threat to our health. We recommend you to go for juices made from natural fruits like mosambijuice, lemon juice, coconut juice and try to stay away fromsoft drinks. Masala dudh can also be chosen as an option if honey is used as a sweetener.

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Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with Over Loaded Zeal and Vigor at Delhi Haat

Most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav has started today. Enjoy a wide variety of Modak during this Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia.
  • Time to welcome Lord Ganesha in our homes has arrived.
  • Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with lots and lots of Modaks.
  • Visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety.

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with over loaded zeal and vigor at Delhi Haat, INA, as Delhi Tourism in collaboration with M/S Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is organizing the year’s most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav here, from August 25 to September 4, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganesha Utsav or Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered as the lord of prosperity. He is considered as the one removes all the obstacles and brings in the fortune.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most sacred and auspicious festivals in Indian culture. This fervor festival commences on the birth anniversary of elephant god of India during the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is commemorated by installing Lord Ganesha’s idol at homes or public pandals.

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A pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Pixabay

With high festive spirits in their heart, people embellish pandals with colorful flowers and dazzling lights. The music system is also installed to play bhajans and aartis. A traditional ambiance is created by devotees in the pandal.

During the 10-days long Ganesha Utsav, morning and evening prayers are offered to the deity. Vedic hymns and Hindu texts are chanted. The Indian sweet dumpling also called modak, is what everybody waits for. It is the main attraction of this festive season. It is considered as the Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. After offering the modak to Lord Ganesha, it is distributed among the people as prasadam. At various places, Langars(community meal) is also organized for the devotees. Others sweets and savories such as karanji, Kheer, Puran Polis etc., also adds more sweetness in this festive season.

Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet "MODAK"
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet “MODAK”. Wikimedia

Various pandals, also set up tableaux (jhanki) of Lord Ganesha. These tableaux represent some events from the Lord Ganesha’s life. At some places, children and even adults dress up in Lord Ganesha costume to become a part of these tableaux.

At Delhi Haat, INA, a temporary pandal for Lord Ganesha has been setup. Morning and evening prayers are also performed. You can also enjoy the other events in Delhi Haat, INA. Every evening during this festive season, Delhi Haat, INA, will organize cultural shows and performances by the artists of various genres.

“Delhi Haat offers tantalizing glimpses of the vast storehouse of the Indian Culture by holding regional festivals at its open air theatre”, mentioned Delhi Tourism report.

This is a great place to tempt your taste buds with all sorts of dishes. You can relish yourself with these wide variety food stalls in Delhi Haat.

Do visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi to the fullest.

How to reach Delhi Haat, INA:
Address: Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023                               Nearest Metro station: INA                                                                                       Click on this link to get the exact location on Google maps.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Delhi+Haat/@28.550589,77.1548241,11.43z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sdelhi+haat,+INA,SOUTH+DELHI!3m4!1s0x390ce263a7a30d5b:0x32405cf05342652b!8m2!3d28.572745!4d77.2090213

prepared by Shivani Chowdhary of NewsGram. Twitter @cshivani31

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Sankashti Chaturthi: Here is Why it is celebrated in Hinduism to honor Lord Ganesha!

During the fasting, when devotees sing songs of the Lord and the stories are narrated, a spiritual and psychological impact on the devotees is created and helps in building discipline, confidence and a feeling of harmony

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Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
  • Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha of every lunar month
  • It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the deity of knowledge and good fortune
  • As per Indian traditions,  Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on the fourth day of Krishan Paksha

June 13, 2017:

Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Every ritual in Hinduism begins with his pooja. He is worded as “Vighnaharta”, the one who will end all the obstacles in the ceremony. He is the god of good beginnings and prosperity. He is the giver of riddhi (success and good fortune) and siddhi (Knowledge and intelligence).

As per Indian traditions,  Sankashti Chaturthi or “Sankat Hara Chaturthi” is observed on fourth day of Krishan Paksha (dark lunar phase or the waning phase) of every lunar month. It is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is celebrated with great fervor in the honor of the deity. If the Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday then it is considered more auspicious and it is termed as Angaraki Chaturthi (angarak in Sanskrit means red like burning coal ambers and refers to the planet Mars, on whom Tuesday is named after). Therefore, it is celebrated on different dates of every month of a year.

Here is how the day is celebrated all across the nation and even overseas:

    • Devotees observe a strict fast on this day in the honor of Lord Ganesha.
    • The Sankashti Chaturthi pooja is done in the evening after seeing the moon. Lord Ganesha’s statue is decorated with flowers and durva grass as per Indian traditions.
    • Devotees chant vedic mantras and the vrat katha dedicated to lord Ganesha. There are total 13 vrat kathas, one for each month and the 13th story is for ‘adhika’ (The Hindu calendar has one extra month every 4 years).These stories are unique in the sense that the story pertaining to that month alone has to be recited.
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  • During each month, Lord Ganesha is worshiped with a different name and peeta (seat).
  • The fast is broken by worshipping the god succeeded by sighting of the moon. Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited before the moonlight to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
  • On this sacred day, Lord moon or Bhagwan Chandra is also worshipped. The rituals involve sprinkling water, chandan (sandalwood) paste, rice and fresh flowers in the direction of Moon or Chandra God.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha fulfills the wishes of those who worship him on this sacred day.

The concept of fasting on a particular day every month has certain physiological reasons too.It helps to detoxify the body like every other fast. During the fasting, when devotees sing songs of the Lord and the stories are narrated, a spiritual and psychological impact on the devotees is created and helps in building discipline, confidence and a feeling of harmony.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

 

 

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Ganesh Chaturthi : The Birth Anniversary of the Mighty “Vighnaharta”

This day is celebrated as the birthday of lord Ganesha and it is celebrated with great pomp and show all across the nation, especially in the state of Maharashtra.

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Celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi. Wikipedia
  • “Chaturthi Tithi” or 4th day of every Shukla Paksha belongs to Lord Ganesha
  • It is a 10-day festival and begins with the installation of Ganesha clay idols at homes
  • Vedic hymns are chanted and the worship concludes with the singing of an aarti

June 11, 2017: Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology, Every ritual in Hinduism begins with his pooja. He is worded as “Vighnaharta”, the one who will end all the obstacles in the ceremony. He is the god of good beginnings and prosperity.

According to Hindu mythology, the “Chaturthi Tithi” or 4th day of every Shukla Paksha belongs to Lord Ganesha and it is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. However, the Vinayaka Chaturthi of Bhadrapada month is known as Ganesh Chaturthi. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha and it is celebrated with great pomp and show all across the nation, especially in the state of Maharashtra.

Here is how the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi takes place:

• It is a 10-day festival and begins with the installation of Ganesha clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals with elaborate decorations and lighting.

• Devotees worship the idol in the morning and evening with offerings of flowers, durva (strands of young grass), Karanji and modaks (jaggery and coconut flakes wrapped in rice flour dumplings)

• Vedic hymns are chanted and the worship concludes with the singing of an aarti in honor of Ganesha, other gods, and saints

• The idol is kept in the homes for a minimum period of one and a half days. This period can vary from 5, 7 or 11 days

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• Absolute piousness is observed in the homes. After 1 and ½ days or so, the idol is immersed in a water body. The event is huge and the crowd chants Ganpati mantras all along the way

• In Goa, Ganesh Chaturthi is known as Chavath parab. On the 3rd day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva are worshiped

• Instruments such as ghumots, Crash cymbals and pakhavaj (an Indian barrel-shaped, two-headed drum) are played during the ceremonies

• Navyachi Pancham, the harvest festival is celebrated the next day. Freshly harvested paddy is brought home from the fields (or temples) and a puja is conducted

• The festival features cultural activities such as singing, theater and orchestral performances and community activities such as free medical checkups, blood-donation sites and donations to the poor

• Ganesh Chaturthi is an important economic activity as well in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. Many artists, industries, and businesses earn a significant amount of their living from the festival, which is a stage for budding artists. Members of other religions also participate in the celebration

Ganesh Chaturthi is a huge event in India and it transcends over religious or caste-based differences. People from all races of life come together in this festival.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6