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Lord Ganesha’s love for modak
As per Hindu scriptures, once Lord Shiva visited Anusuya at her home in the forest along with Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. On their visit, Anusuya first served food to Lord Ganesha and she said that she would serve Lord Shiva only once Ganesha’s hunger is satiated. During the meal, she served him a single piece of sweet food. Lord Ganesha gave a sign of fullness with a loud burp after eating the sweet food. Interestingly, the moment Ganesh burped, Lord Shiva also burped not once but 21 times.
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Lord Ganesha and 21 Modaks
As per scriptures, when Lord Shiva burped 21 times and Goddess Parvati got to know that it’s modak that satiated both of them, that’s when she expressed a wish that devotees of Ganpati will always offer 21 modaks to him. Since then, he has been offered modaks in different parts of the country, where local flavours are added to the delightful balls, which are either deep fried or steamed.
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