Our society celebrates GANESH CHATURTI by placing a Ganesh idol within an elaborately decorated pandal.I wanted to share some of the snaps I had clicked at that time , but just forgot about it so now you can see the beautiful Ganapaty idol that was with us for 10 days.
PRASAD- SWEET SHEERA
In our society people are very enthusiastic about the Ganesh Chaturti celebrations and you will see ladies carrying delectable dishes which are distributed as “PRASAD” after the evening aarti is complete. The prasad is done with lots of love and interest ,hence each one of them is tasty .we get at least 10 types of prasad during one evening and they vary from homemade,storebought to fruits and sweets.
OFFERINGS FOR LORD GANESH
Each one is a veteran at something and this is an opportunity to share your expertise with one and all. kids wait in anticipation to have the prasad that will be distributed , of which they get the greater share . The atmosphere in the pandal is pure, with fragrance of essence sticks, smoke from the diyas, lit all over and off course lots and lots of flowers.
With bhajans praising lord Ganesha being played and sung by devotees.
Now after reading so much you must be wondering what I must have prepared as PRASAD . let me tell you that every year I make sweet sheera which is served at pujas all over western part of India.
When this sweet sheera is done for satyanarayan puja . you have a fixed proportion which has to be followed but for giving as prasad I can make whatever I like so I made this sheera with my usual proportions like the one which I make at home habitually.
2 cups rava or semolina
13/4 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup water
cashew nuts, raisins , almonds (all are optional ).
Ghee for roasting the semolina and also for pouring on top after the whole thing is done.
Saffron strands (optional)
1.take a thick bottom pan and put ghee into it
2.roast the rava or semolina till it changes colour and becomes light brown.
3.take it out on a plate
4. in the same pan add water, milk,cardamom powder and your dry fruits
5. you can pour in the sugar at this stage or after the semolina.
6. add the roasted semolina and stir till thick.
7. drizzle lots of ghee on top before serving.
You can also pour saffron strands soaked in warm milk just the way I have.