Ganesha Festival is celebrated during the August/September time of the year. It is believed that if you see moon on the festival day you have to chant one shloka which is given below.
Usually, we perform a vrata and prepare some traditional Ganesha festival recipes such as payasam, saaru, and kadubu and other snacks like unde or laddus, chakli, kodbale are also prepared on this day to offer to God Vinayaka. But Modaka is very important naivedya item for ganesha. If you are not able to to do any of the snack items soak brown chana/ kadale kaaLu and offer to God.
For the vrata, this link provides the mantras+directions in audio format: Siddivinayaka Vrata audio track.
The menu of items that are traditionally prepared is the following:
- Coconut chutney
- Two palyas (curries). EX: Carrot palya, Badanekaayi palya (Eggplant curry), potato, etc.
- 2 kosambari’s: Hesaru bele (moong dal) and kadale bele (channa dal) kosambari
- Saaru (rasam)
- Kalasida anna like
- Dodda menasina kayi anna, or thuppanna or Lemon rice or vangi bath or any other simple kalasida anna
Checkout the complete menu list that is prepared for the Ganesha festival at our Swayampaaka youtube channel.
For naivedyam for Ganesha, the following items are needed:
- Soaked whole channa
- pancha kajjaya
- Karagadabu or kolukattai or Avi Kadabu
- Chakli (murukku)
- kadle unde
For evening arati you can make Kadale kaalu or hesaru kaalu usli or hurigadale unde or pudi for prasada.
For Modaka mold, you can buy this particular one.
If you happened to look at the Chandra/Moon (Chandra Darshana), please recite this shloka,
ಸಿಂಹ: ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್ ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜಾಂಬವತಾ ಹತ: |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿ: ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯಮಂತಕ: ||
SIMHA PRASENA-MAVADHEETH SIMHO JAAMBA VATHH HATHAHA
SUKUMAARAKA MAARODHI THAVA HYESHA SYAMANTHAKAHA