The story of Ganesha and his favourite laddu begins with His meeting with Bhagwan Kuber who is also known as the treasurer of all deities. This interesting story dates back to the prevailing times and is still intact in the minds of people. Even today, all the devotees offer laddu in the form of prashads to Bhagwan Ganesha. As everything happens for a reason, the ritual of offering laddu to Bhagwan Ganesha has it’s own story.
Once Bhagwan Kuber invited Bhagwan Shiva to his abode. This was because he wanted to showoff his palace made of gold and all his wealth. Bhagwan Shiva soon realized his intentions and sent Ganesha to Kuber’s palace. On the orders of his father, Ganesha went to Kuber’s palace and as expected Bhagwan Kuber started showing off his precious and expensive belongings. Bhagwan Ganesha was only interested in food and Kuber kept on boasting. He said that he prepared the food which will be enough for about 1000 guests.
Soon, Bhagwan Ganesha was served the delicious delicacies and started munching on them. He kept eating and soon the food was over but Ganesha’s hunger was not satisfied. Then, Bhagwan Ganesha started eating raw vegetables and raw food in Kuber’s palace but still Ganesha’s hunger was not satisfied. After this, Ganesha started eating all the gold utensils and this in return made Kuber tensed.
Infuriated, he went to Bhagwan Shiva and complained him about Ganesha eating his wealth off. Bhagwan Shiva just smiled and gave him a laddu prepared by Mata Parvati. Bhagwan Shiva asked Kuber to give this laddu to Ganesha and told him that this would satisfy his hunger. Bhagwan Kuber rushed back to the palace and gave Bhagwan Ganesh the laddu prepared by Mata Parvati.
From this day, it had been a ritual to offer laddu to Bhagwan Ganesha and this ritual is still considered auspicious in Indian households.