Which foods are offered to Hindu Gods and why?
Want to know the special food offerings made to Hindu Gods and Goddesses? This informative forum thread gives an insight into the types of food items offered to the Hindu pantheon and the reasons too for making such offerings.
Milk and fruit is mostly offered to Hindu gods. Literally the Earth is called as Vasundhara in Shastras. Vasu means plants. Kamadhenu is also name of earth & it is a cow that produces milk, due to which all milk products are offered to God during bhog and yagnas. Hindu Goddesses or Devis like sour and spicy fruits; Laxmi likes Amla, lemon and chillies. Shiva likes dry fruits and Vishnu sweet fruits. Traditionally, Goddess Kali (Rakhtvilasini)also likes to be offered blood of birds, goats, buffaloes which are banned due to animal rights in India. There are many stories on Gods and Goddesses in Puranas and Shastras where lot of things mentioned in this concern.
What do you think - Hindu Gods and Goddesses really eat the food which was offered?