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    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?
  • #572947
    In India offering food to the God purely depend on the tradition and culture followed in that particular area. In terms of South India, the Prasad offered to God is very sacred and there is a separate room for preparing the items with full orthodox rights. In South the Gods are offered with Sakkara Pongal, means sweet rice, Pulihora, means tamarind rice, Pongal, means rice mingled with moong dall and added with pepper powder, and the most famous Tahir Sadam, the curd rice. And in big temples like Tirupathi the lord is offered with Laddu and Wada. This wada is very famous and you cannot get it anywhere in India. So each temple has its own importance in terms of preparing prasad to God. And during Deepavali I have seen some temples preparing the Annakut festival where in 750 varieties of food items are prepared and gave as the Bhog to the God and then distributed to the devotees who sponsored the bhog.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #572965
    God really don't eat. What we offer to God is for us to eat after performing the pooja or rites. No God has said that I want only so and so.... thing to eat. What we eat is the God's creation for the generation to eat. It is one way of thanking God for providing us such items to eat.

    I would also say that we are cheating the cows by taking its milk which is meant for its calf, and wasting it in the form of abhisekam to the stone idols. It is a criminal waste, I won't mind to say.

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  • #572982
    Startling though it may seem but the fact is that the concept of deities is a creation of an inventive human mind. Therefore everything associated with the deities has a human touch as humans could not think beyond their own imagination power.
    Because of such reasons only, the various processes and procedures of puja involve steps like deities taking a bath, applying tilak and scent, having 'bhog' and 'aachman' etc. Prayers and 'aarti' etc. follows.
    As a matter of fact, the rituals etc. involved in the puja etc. are part of the local/regional culture.
    The 'Chhappan Bhog' offered in different temples may not have same items.
    Traditionally fruits had always been a part of the offerings to the deities.
    People offer to the deity, what is available in the surrounding. Coconut is offered in almost all parts of India as an offering, though I am not sure if the same is offered as a part of the food.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #573058
    It is believed that food touched by (offered as prasad to) statues of gods/goddesses to be powerful when compared to the normal food. So, people do that. We all know that god/goddess doesn't eat what we offer to him/her. In case if he/she starts eating, people will try to do business.

    Let us continue learning.

  • #573145
    Usually we offer our guests the best we can find. We may not be taking the same for us every day. Similarly we offer some special food items to gods.

    Some formula and guidelines are also prescribed so that even the poorest of poor also can offer things to gods and feel satisfied. That is why easily available and easily prepared items like common fruits, rice flakes, rice with jiggery, milk, are offered to gods. They should also be such that taking them should be beneficial to us.

    Research have found that many of the 'Prasad' and 'Theerth' have very essential items in them that give energy, immunity and cure in them. They instantly satisfy thirst and hunger, moist the inner canal. Most Prasad taken in the morning have fructose, Omega 3 matters etc in them which give energy, stimulation freshness and also prevent fatigue.

    Let us keep faith on ourselves and work sincerely, not leave everything to fate.

  • #573181
    Many people mistaken that we, people irrespective of religion offering food to God. In the actual sense this is not correct we are offering the food to many others (either to our relatives or to ourselves or to unknown people) by showing the food items to the idol of God with a prayer that contains the meaning of Thanks, that is we are communicating our THANKS to God for offering the food to us on that occasion. Here we are not offering the food to God but only the thing we are saying our thanks to God for his offer. To have a differentiation only many variety of food items prepared on different occasions. How many of us says thanks daily to God when we arose from bed as he made us to live on that day (Think if your life is over with the sleeping). We are not earning anything we are not given anything by others but the only thing God is (Ok if you are not liking the name god one can take as supreme power - but nobody can deny that there is a supreme power).

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