If you believed Ganesha Chaturthi is about the dance, the fervour, the modaks and the coconut milk offerings, its time to give it another thought! Who knows Lord Ganesha might be having some non-veg pangs as well !
Quite interestingly, Bhagyanagar a village in Karnataka offers more than just vegetarian delicacies to the almighty in these days. The ritual that is called ‘Naivedya’, is one of a kind, unlike the many witnessed in the nation. The Kshatriya community in this village offers meat, chicken and liquor to Lord Ganesha as a part of the 10-day festivities. And this has not been started recently but is a ritual passed on from generations.
So, from the third day to the fifth, the Kshatriya families of the village present fish, mutton and a bottle of liquor, mostly Whisky to the God. The devotees make non-vegetarian dishes and offer it to the deity. Then they sprinkle drops of alcohol on the lord just like any other holy water is done.
The belief behind this being that by offering this variety, Ganesha will be impressed and bless the devotees with joy and wealth.
However, this ritual is followed only inside the Kshatriya households and not in the temples or street celebrations.