When it comes to Puja, the offerings to Lord Ganesha are different. Do you know the reason behind it? Generally, there are particular things or fruits that we offer to gods and goddesses. For example, you must have heard that we always offer the Mogra flower to Lord Durga. Or any kind of red flower to Lord Ganesha. But have you ever paused for a moment and wondered, why is it so? Well, in this following excerpt you would understand the rationale behind the different offerings to Ganesha.
Why Does One Offer Red Flowers To Lord Ganesha?
While making offerings to Lord Ganesha, we never miss out on the red flower. The Shilpa Shastra is the shastra that lays down the principles of architecture with regards to gods and goddesses. It profoundly states that the colour of Lord Ganesha is red.
Basically, there are seven energy centres in a human body called the sat chakras. And each of these seven chakras has a specific colour that it associates with. The first energy centre is known as the Muladhara or the root chakra. It is the energy centre at the base of the spine and its colour is absolute red.
Lord Ganesha is the presiding deity of this centre, and therefore, the colour red is consistent with him. It is because of this reason that one offers red flowers to him. This colour ensures they are in harmony with the vibrations of Lord Ganesha. Many people combine red flowers with red cloth and red sandalwood paste in their offerings to Lord Ganesha.
Why Does One Offer Blades Of Grass?
Another offering to Lord Ganesha is tender grass blades. They are also called as drubh or durva in various places in India. People offer these tender grass blades in uneven numbers only. For example, one or three or five or seven or in the form of a grass blades’ garland. This is said to bring positivity and liveliness in one’s house.
There is a belief that the grass blades or durva offerings to Lord Ganesha have the power to attract Ganesha tatwa. The deity accepts these at once and the devotee is instantly left with endless blessings. Therefore, this is the reason behind offering grass blades.
When red flowers, red cloth, red sandalwood, or durva grass blades are given together, there is nothing but happiness. When Lord Ganesha receives these, it is said that this refreshes his idol, picture, or image. Therefore, to please Ganesha and to seek his blessings, make sure you only offer such articles. This will not only give him pleasure but looking at him, you will also feel happy. Now you know why we make different offerings to Lord Ganesha.