Happy Ganesh Chaturthi ! Our celebrations on Ganesh Chaturthi won't be complete without a plateful of Lord Ganpati's favourite modaks. The modak is the favourite sweet of the Hindu deity, Ganesha. During Ganesh Chaturthi, The puja always concludes with an offering of 21 modaks to Ganesha as prasadam. This 10-day long festival is commemorated as Lord Ganesh's birth Anniversary. India is celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi with great fervor and enthusiasm. People have brought home beautifully decorated idols of Lord Ganesha. Devotees prepare a delicious bhog and prasad to please their beloved deity. As grand as his homecoming, Lord Ganesha's visarjan is an equally elaborate affair. People dance, sing prayers and make merry during the procession to bid him farewell while he departs for his home in Mount Kailasha taking away all the adversities from the lives of his devotees.
However, many believe that this could also take a toll on the environment. The decorated clay idols of Ganesha when immersed in sea may intoxicate the water with a heavy dose of chemical-based paint. With rising awareness certain devotees have taken the initiative to give their most beloved festival an eco-friendly spin for the last few years. Chocolate ganesha is one of them.
The 'Chocolate Ganesha' also is a brainchild of one such school of thought, which is promoting eco-friendliness and this newest trend has been catching up in the city of Mumbai. Chocolate Ganesha is an idol made of chocolate, which does not need to be submerged in water as part of the grand visarjan ritual. Instead, you can pour Lord Ganesha's favorite milk on to the idol, to melt the sculpture to signify the visarjan and then have the chocolate milk distributed amongst friends and family or the needy.