Gaya, Bihar: In the spirit of the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, devoted followers have meticulously crafted and offered a colossal 51-kilogram Modak to Lord Ganpati in Gaya's Powerganj district in Bihar. These visuals capture the Modak, adorned with a delightful blend of dry fruits including almonds, pistachios, cashews, and raisins.
The Modak, a delectable Maharashtrian-style festive dumpling, is meticulously fashioned from rice flour dough and brims with a delectable coconut and jaggery filling. In line with tradition, these sweet dumplings are handcrafted, filled with sweetened coconut, and presented to Lord Ganesh during the nine-day Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, symbolizing opulence and prosperity.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day extravaganza that commences on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month 'Bhadrapada.' This year, the festivities kicked off on September 19. This auspicious ten-day jubilation inaugurates with 'Chaturthi' and culminates on 'Anantha Chaturdashi.'
According to belief, Lord Ganesh descends to Earth during this celebration. After bestowing ten days of blessings upon his ardent devotees, he returns to his celestial abode alongside his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, residing atop the 'Kailash Parvat.'
This festive period is also recognized as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayak Chavithi.' The festival venerates Ganesh as the 'Deity of Fresh Beginnings,' the 'Vanquisher of Hurdles,' and the patron deity of wisdom and intellect.