Mahashivratri 2018 Special: How to Make Bhaang Thandai and other Bhaang-infused Desserts

Mahashivratri 2018 Special: How to Make Bhaang Thandai and other Bhaang-infused Desserts

  • February 12, 2018
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India is a land of festivals and no celebration here is complete without platefuls of delicious food. From special dishes made during each festival to households having their own special family recipes made for generations — festivals and food are inseparable. And after a series of harvest festivals this Spring, now it’s time for Maha Shivratri celebrations. The auspicious occasion when Lord Shiva is worshipped during the holy month Phalguna or Maagha as per Hindu Lunar calendar (February or March, according to the Georgian calendar).
Maha Shivratri, which translates to the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’, is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of the month, as it is said that the sins of a devotee who observes the day with utmost sincerity and devotion are washed away and he/she attains moksha.
And as devotees offer their obeisance to the Shivalingam, traditionally offering milk, water, bel leaves (three leaves stalked in one) and fruits, they also add bhang or hemp. Yes, it is believed that living in the Kailash, wearing a tiger skin, Lord Shiva smoked hemp and traditionally it is offered to the God on this holy day.
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