Monday, July 4, 2011


551KG SWEET WORLD RECORD BID - Worshippers at a temple in Leicester believe they have set several world records for the biggest Indian sweet.  The 551kg (87st) Churma Ladoo took three chefs and 23 volunteers, from the Shree Hindu Temple, four days to make. They planned to offer it to 5,500 people.  Hitesh Morjaria, from the temple on St Baranbas Road, is confident they now hold the record for the world’s tallest, widest and heaviest sweet.  Guinness World Records will examine the evidence submitted by the temple.  The Churma Ladoo, made from ingredients including wheat, clarified butter, jaggery, oil, poppy seeds and nuts, measured 4.5ft (1.37m) in height by 6ft (1.8m) in width when it was finished.

Mr Morjaria said they were “originally going to make a 100kg ladoo” to be blessed and offered to their devotees during the religious event of Ganesh Puran.  “Then we thought ‘why don’t we challenge ourselves’ to make a bigger one,” he said.  “We contacted the Guinness Book of Records and found out that no record had been set for the biggest Ladoo.”  
The Ganesh Puran, which began on Sunday and lasts for eight days, is dedicated to the elephant-faced god Lord Ganesh.  The blessed sweet was offered to people from all cultures at the end of each day and “we don’t want anyone leaving without the Prasad,” Mr Morjaria added.  
The delicacy, which is normally the size of a tennis ball, is said to be Lord Ganesh’s favourite food.  Normally, Ganesh is the first deity to be worshipped before Hindu ceremonies.

Devotees at Shree Hindu Temple in Leicester, United Kingdom, are hoping to have set a brand new Guinness World Records™ record for the biggest Indian sweet (Churma Ladoo).  Guinness World Records experts are currently examining evidence submitted by the temple.  The recipe for the ladoo included 150kg of whole wheat flour, 100kg of ghee as well as poppy seeds, cashew nuts, almonds and cardamoms powder.  Ganesha is considered as the Lord who overcomes all obstacles.  On Diwali night, Lord Ganesha shares the altar with the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, Lakshmi.  

The elephant head of Lord Ganesha signifies the highest intelligence, buddhi. It represents the largest brain matter. The trunk of Lord Ganesha signifies the discretionary power. He can pick up a needle from a heap of grass. The large ears of Lord Ganesha signify the importance of hearing - to accept what is good and reject what is not useful to us. The small eyes of Lord Ganesha symbolize concentration and the power to focus our attention on what we should while shutting out the rest. ... In the traditional Hindu temple, the worship ceremonies are conducted with an organized set of rituals.  The temple priest usually begins the ceremony by offering a prayer to Lord Ganesha that all obstacles may be removed

Dr. Hiro Badlani:
“Hinduism - Path of the Ancient Wisdom”
Chapter 52 “Symbols and Icons in Hinduism”
Chapter 53 “Hindu Customs” -

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