HINDU GODS, WHAT TO OFFERS THEM
Prasad is a feeling towards God, let us know which god we should offer Prasad so that we get merit. After puja recitation like Aarti, Chalisa, the substance which is distributed after blessed, Jalamrit and Panchamrit is called ‘Prasad’. At the time of worship, when any food item is presented to the Gods and Goddesses, that material is distributed as Prasad. It is also called ‘Naivedya’.
Letters, flowers, fruits, devotees in the form of devotion and devotion in the form of devotion.
Meaning: Any devotee who keeps letters, flowers, fruits, water, etc with love. The pure gift of that pure wisdom, the lover of love, I appear with virtuous form and eat with love. -Sri Krishna
There has been a tradition in Hinduism since ancient times to make offerings in a temple or front of a statue of a goddess or deity. This is a very important question as to which offerings to which deity. It is important to know which offerings to which deities are offered to them so that they will be pleased.
The sacrifice of yag is also the offerings of God: the offerings are seen to be associated with naivedya, ahuti, and Havana, but the offerings have been called ‘naivedya’ since ancient times, which is a pure and satvic offering. It is not related to any sacrifice etc. The food offered to the fire of Havan is called ‘Havya’. The food offered to the Yag is called ‘Ahuti’. Both mean the same. Havan for any God and Yagya for a particular purpose.
Every Hindu has been dedicating some part of it to the deities while eating food. Apart from the yajna, he used to offer a part of the food in the family to Agni. Agni used to be pleased with the gods. The Naivedya material is called ‘Nirmalya’ after it is offered.
Before offering yagya, havan, puja, and food, the beginning of Naivedya and Bhoga to God has been from the Vedic period. In the scripture ‘Shatpat Brahmin’, the Yajna is said to be the form of the real God. In the Yajna, Yajaman wants to get the blessings of the gods by offering the best things but not in good form.
There is a law in the scriptures that, people will receive food after feeding others. According to the Vedas, by dedicating heart and naivedya to the yajna, a person is feed from God. In ancient times, this naivedya (bhoga) was offered in the form of aahuti in a fire, but now its form has changed a bit.
The practice of prasad of jaggery and gram started like this: Devarshi Narada wanted to gain knowledge of the soul from Lord Vishnu, but whenever he went to Vishnu, Vishnu would say that first, he has to be capable to have this knowledge. Then Naradji meditated hard but still, the matter did not work, then he started walking towards the earth. On earth, he saw Sushti Vishnu sitting in a temple, an old woman feeding him something with his hands. After Lord Vishnu left, Naradji asked the old lady what did he feed Narayana? Then he came to know that he had received the jaggery and gram from that lady. It is said that Narada then stopped there and meditated and started fasting and distributed the offerings of jaggery and gram.
One day Narayana himself appeared and told Narada that only one with true devotion possesses knowledge. Lord Vishnu blessed that old lady to go to Vaikuntha Dham and said, whenever a devotee offers jaggery and gram, his wish will surely be fulfilled. It is believed that since then all the sages and devotees have been pleased by offering jaggery and gram to him with full faith.
Popular offerings: Jaggery-gram, gram-sugar, coconut-sweets, ladoos, fruits, milk, and dry fruits.
Vishnu Bhog: Vishnu likes the naivedya of kheer or semolina halwa. Kheer is made in many ways. with raisins, almonds, a coconut shred, cashews, pistachios, chiroungi, crushed makhana (lotus seeds), cardamom for fragrance, saffron, and finally basil in the kheer. Make it well and then distribute it, after offering it to Vishnu Ji.
Halwa is very important in Indian society. Many types of halwa are made, but semolina halwa is very dear to Vishnu. Mix almost all types of dry fruits in semolina halwa and prepare them properly and offer it to God.
Visiting Lakshmi-Narayan temple every Sunday and Thursday, both will happy to offer the best type of enjoyment in the life and there is no lack of wealth and prosperity in his home in any way.
Shiva Bhoga: Shiva loves the cannabis and the naivedya of panchamrit. Bathing with water, curd, honey, sugar, ghee, the water stream is served to the naïve, hemp, sandalwood, flowers, roli, clothes are offered. Shiva is also offered Rewari, Chironji, and Mishri.
In Shravan month, keeping fast of Shiva, offering milk in addition to jaggery, gram and chironji fulfill all desires.
Hanuman Bhog: Hanumanji likes pudding, Panch Mewa, jaggery ladoo or rotha, stalk paan, and saffron-bhat. Apart from this, people also offer his favorite imarti to Hanumanji. If a person invokes this naiveya by offering Hanuman Ji on 5 Tuesday, then all his problems are resolved immediately.
Lakshmi Bhoga: Lakshmiji is considered the goddess of wealth. It is said that everything is meaningless without Maa Lakshmi. To please Laxmiji, his beloved bhog should be offered to the Laxmi temple.
Lakshmiji loves white and yellow confectionery, saffron-rice. At least on 11 Friday, whoever offers a red flower and offers it to them in the temple of Lakshmiji, then there is peace and prosperity in his house. There is no shortage of money in any way.
Durga Bhoga: Mata Durga is known as the goddess of power. Maa Durga loves kheer, malpuay, sweet pudding, Puran Poli, bananas, coconut, and sweet chapatti, halwa. By offering it daily to them on the occasion of Navratri, every desire will be fulfilled, especially Mataji likes all kinds of puddings.
People use to offer Navaidya to Durga Maa on Wednesday and Friday. When the Maa will be happy, she removes all kinds of crises and gives happiness to the child. If you are a devotee of Maa Durga, then on Wednesday or Friday, stay holistic and go to the temple of Mataji and offer it to her.
Saraswati Bhoga: Mata Saraswati is considered the goddess of knowledge. There are many types of knowledge. If there is a problem-related memory, knowledge is of no use. I am not able to express knowledge, then knowledge is of no use. Without knowledge, the ability doesn’t work and without ability, knowledge has no use, without this combination progress in life is not possible. Therefore, it is important to have reverence for Maa Saraswati.
Mata Saraswati likes milk, panchamrit, curd, butter, white sesame laddus, and padde. Saraswatiji should offer it in a temple, only then will be knowledge and ability can develop.
Ganesh Bhog: Ganesha likes modak or laddu naivedya. Modak is also made in many types. Modakas are made in every house in Maharashtra, especially on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Apart from Modak, Ganeshji also loves Motichoor ladoos. Besan ke ladoos made of pure ghee are also liked. Apart from this, you can also offer him small balls (boondi) ladoos. Laddoos of coconut, sesame, and semolina are also offered to him.
Ram Bhog: Lord Shri Ram likes saffron rice, kheer, coriander, etc. Apart from this, he also loves Kalakand, Barfi, Gulab Jamun.
Shri Krishna Bhoga: Lord Krishna loves Makhen and Misri’s Naivedya. Apart from this, he loves to have Kheer, Halva, Puranpoli, Laddu, and Seviyan too.
Kalika and Bhairav Bhog: Mata Kalika and Lord Bhairavnath have almost the same enjoyment. Pudding, puri, and liqueur are his favorite indulgences. Go to Kali or Bhairav temple on a new moon day and offer their dear things. Apart from this, they also love to have Imrati, Jalebi, and 5 types of sweets together are also offered.
Mata Kalika ranks first among the 10 Mahavidyas. Offer incense sticks and Google smoke, offer blue flowers to Kali Mata and black Chunari to Kali Mata, and then offer Kajal, Urad, Coconut, and five more fruits together. Some people offer alcohol to them in particular temples. Similarly, liquor is offered in the temple of Kalabhairava.