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The tradition and ritual of food in the Hindu culture.

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Hinduism: Cuisine
Guidlines to Offering the Gods: To the culture, food plays an important role in tradition, worship and rituals. The practice of offering food to the deities is called: Prasada: "divine grace of God" When offering food to the Gods, there are
guidelines which must be upheld. The offering cuisine must be free of onions,
mushrooms and garlic. This is due to the
Vedica scriptures and ancient Ayurveda
medical practices, which explains that these
foods ignite the passionate elements of the
human psychi. The food being offered to the Gods must be
purley vegetarian. This may be a tough one for some, but
when offering food to the Gods, you must not
taste the food before giving your offering. Hindu The state of mind and state of the kitchen also plays a
role in cooking for the Gods. A calm, peaceful, and
meditative frame of mind along with a clean and
orderly kitchen, prepares oneself for a devotional offering
to the Gods. How to offer to the Gods: You may have an altar, which has an image or statue
of the God in His sacred form. If an altar is not acessable,
a picture of your God in a special spot will do. The food should be placed on seperate special plates, along with
a cold glass of water. Then place the food infront of the prepared
alter or special image. Clearing you mind in a meditative state, you
may chant a mantra such as: Om Namo Narayanaya Sitting in silence for 5-10 minutes after chanting the mantra and
request that the God to accept the offering. Once the ritual has been
completed, the food may be placed back into the original food to be
eaten. While eating the food, a meditative and respectful frame of mind
should be upheld. Offerings
Traditions
Festival Foods " The Kitchen Religion" The Hindu religion has been called "The Kitchen Religion"
due to the emphasis this religion places on food, in daily
life and in offerings to God. All eatables and classified by three Gunas foods are classafied as: heavy meats, spoiled, preserved, chemically altered, foul smelling,
decomposed, left over and indisgestible. These foods are unable to give nutrients to the body. Tamas- (intoxicating) inactivity, inertia, materiality
Rajas- (hot) change, action, movement
Sattva- (pure) joy, harmony, balance Tamasic Rajasic foods are considered to be: fried food, spicy food
and stimulants. These foods are those which give
unhappiness, sorrow and disease. Sattvic foods are those which are good for the mind, body
and soul: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
which grow above ground. These foods promote
and increase longevity, happiness and health.
http://www.tirisulayoga.com/Articles/gunas.htm
http://hinduism.iskcon.com/lifestyle/809.htm
http://hinduism.about.com/od/vegetarianism/a/prasada.htm
http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/things/cow.htm
http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/h_food.asp Most Hindu's, out of respect for the , avoid beef.
This is due to the spiritual essence and link the cow
has to the Hindu belief system. There are multiple
reasonings as to why the Hindu religion honors Cow. Influenced by Janism, which believes in a strict vegetanism diet. In the early centuries AD, the Cow was designated to be a proper
gift for the Brahmans. Thus it was said that to kill a Cow would be
like killing a Brahman. Hindu Festivals: The Food "Food is God, God is Food." To the Hindu Culture, food is in every aspect a gift from Brahman.
Since food is a gift from God, it is to be treated with great respect. These three Gunas were declared by Sri Krishna, in the Bhagavadgita, that food is of three types as are sacrafices, austerity, charity. Cow When a person eats these foods (Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic)
without offering them to the God, they develop the
qualities which are present in the food and acts upon those
qualities. One should be aware in the choices one eats: when,
where and how. Many rituals take place in the day to day lives of Hindus.
Ranging from a Hindu's frist meal, to their last... A child' s first feeding is celebrated as a known as
Samskara Annaprasana (Hindu's first solid food). Why offer? At funerals, food is served, offering of food to the departed soul and making of his astral body with food for the ancestrial world. Janashtami: Is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India, which celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. During this celebration, many people observe a fast
during the day in honor of Lord Krishna. Certain fasting diets are upheld during the celebration
of Lord Krishna: The passionate followers of Janashtami follow
this fast in honor of Lord Krishna. When Nirjal is translated,
it means starvation. The belief is that the fast will bring them closer
to the amlighty, not even a drop of water is consumed
until the stroke of midnight. At the stoke of midnight
when (worship) is preformed and (offering)
is given, thus breaking the fast. Aarti prasad Nijral Fast: Phalahar Fast: This fast is somewhat more leaniant than a Nijral fast.
During this fasting period, milk (Kirshna was very fond
of milk) and fruits may be consumed. Janmashtami Fasting Foods: During the day, while fasting, many of Lord Sri Krishna's favorite dishes are prepared by the devotees as offerings. Many sweet dishes, as those were his favorite, are prepared. The food is not consumed until and when the food has been offered to Krishna. Once the fasting has been broken at midnight, the devotees are able to eat the delicacies prepared, once offered to Kirshna. Janashtami Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi: Some people say India is a country which festivals are celebrated everyday.
During these festivals, it is a great time for people of all backgrounds to come
together and enjoy traditional delicacies that are cooked tradtionally. Many
of these recipes have been passed on from generation to generation. is the celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh, which is celebrated with great admiration and show in India. Lord Ganesh is kown for his love
towards sweets. That is why there
are a variety of sweets made during
this festival. The most popular
of sweets are... Modak Besan Ke Ladoo A famous India Sweet, prepared especially
on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. These ladoos are very tasty to the Indian culture and loved by everyone, including Ganesh himself. Holi Holi: is one of the most popular festivals
in the country, Holi is also celebrated
along with several interesting delicacies. Sweets are the vital element of Holi celebrations
through out any part of India. The festival of Holi is renowned for the variety of
sweets prepared on the occasion... Gujhia Gujhia is one of the most popular desserts of the festival Holi.
This dessert is a must for every home during this festival season. Vegetable Pakode: This light snack is made of several vegetables like potato, cabbage and spinich wrapped chickpeas. Thandai This is a refreshing drink that is special to the Holi festival. After a long energizing day of partaking in the Holi festivities, this drink
soothes the mind and cools the body. Thandai is also a stress buster, due to the natural elements such as watermelon and rosewater. Kalakand Peda Kheer Made of milk and sugar, this is one of the many easy treats made to honor Lord Sri Krishna. This is a hot favorite in the nothern parts of
India during the celebration of Lord Sri Krishna.
This is prepared from rice and condensed milk,
it is extremely luscious and creamy. While forgetting about health problems and counting calories, these festivals are a great way of bringing everyone together, being able to taste a little
piece of history, enjoying every sweet to the fullest. Refrences:
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