Vinayaka chavithi or pillayar chaturthi or ganesh chaturthi is the festival of lord ganesha (The elephant headed god). His pot belly is interpreted to have grown with his favorite sweets as well as the sins of his devotees, thus redeeming them. He is considered to be an enhancer of happiness and the remover of sorrow / obstacles. The word chatur in Sanskrit means four, this festival is celebrated on the fourth day after the new moon according to the Hindu calendar and it falls in Bhaadrapada the mid august to september of every year. The Ganesh idols are made and the aarthi is performed every day. It is celebrated for 9,15 or 21 days and then the idols are immersed in a body of water.
I was reading an article about a sculptor / artist the other day who created a very unique and Eco-friendly ganesh idol with red soil, organic fertilizers and seeds. It is now the world’s first ” Tree Ganesha ” idol which transforms into a tree after immersion. It is such an innovative and useful creation to conserve and replenish the environment .The sculptor’s name is Dattadri Kothur. My ganesha for this year is not as innovative as this but 🙂 I tried by best to go creative and draw one on a slate for our selves.
Ganesh chaturthi has been publicly celebrated in Pune since the era of king Shivaji (1630 – 1680, founder of the Maratha empire)
I was reading an article today, where I found that for the premier of a bollywood movie there were over 5,200 students from across India, who were gathered together to create a huge 194 feet human mosaic image of Ganapati and it is now in Guinness book of world records. The movie’s name is Bajirao mastani.
- 30 Pitted Dates
- 1 cup Raw almonds or Almond flour
- 1/2 cup Peanuts
- 1/2 cup Pistachios
- 1/4 cup Sliced almonds
- 1/4 Hemp seeds (optional)
Makes 12 Laddos
Cook time 2-3 min
Prep time 20 min
Passive time 0 min
- Dry roast the peanuts in sauce pan on medium heat for 2-3 min, mean while blend the dates in a food processor or a blender.
- Add the roasted peanuts, raw almonds, almond flour, hemp seeds and half of the pistachios to the blender and blend them all. If you prefer more crunchiness to the laddos you could just kneed the dates with all the dry fruits.
- Add sliced almonds and rest of the pistachios to the mixture and make a dough.
- The dough tends to be sticky because of the dates, add some water to the palm and start making round 1 inch laddoos / energy bites with both the hands.
- Garnish with some sliced pistachios and serve.
You can store them in an air tight container for 7-10 days in a refrigerator. They are great as naivedhya or as a sweet treat for any festive occasion. It is also a healthy snack and an on the go wholesome energy bite 🙂
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Happy labor day weekend everyone 🙂 !!