New Delhi: Gone are the days when modaks and kosambris used to be offered as ‘naivedya’ to Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi!
According to a newspaper report, liquor and non-vegetarian food are being offered as ‘naivedya’ to Lord Ganesha in Bhagyanagar village of Karnataka’s Koppal district.
A sub-sect of the Kshatriya community offers whiskey and chicken to the deity as part of the ‘naivedya’ on the third day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The tradition is followed by around 100 families of the Kshatriya community in the in Bhagyanagar village.
“This custom is not followed in the entire village but only by a certain community. Around 100 families of the Kshatriya community follow this tradition,” says Gangadhar Bandihal, who has been witnessing this practice in his village for several years.”
They offer whiskey and chicken to the deity because they believe that Ganesha will bless them with wealth and joy.
“We believe that Ganesha is not satisfied with just vegetarian dishes and hence needs to be offered non-vegetarian food, in addition to the milk and tender coconut water that is generally offered,” Raghu Bhavikatti told Bangalore Mirror.
During the festival, a bottle of liquor is placed in front of the idol and sometimes sprinkled on it as part of the ‘naivedya’.
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