56 delicacies for Lord Krishna (chappan Bhog)


 


The word Cchappan meaning 56 has a special significance in north India.  It was the number of meals (8 a day) that KR^shNa missed while He was holding up the GOvarddhanam for 7 days (8 X 7 =  56). That is the number of offerings that devotees make to Bhagavaan KR^shNa on special occasions. 
 
The list begins with Rasagulla and goes through Curds, Rice, Poori, Pappadam, etc. and ends in Cardamom.  I wonder if there is such a set list in the southern temples.  
  
 
 

छप्पन भोग   —  Cchappan BhOg

 
मुक्त ज्ञानकोष विकिपीडिया 
1-रसगुल्ला, 2-चन्द्रकला, 3-रबड़ी, 4-शूली, 5-दधी,
6-भात, 7-दाल, 8-चटनी, 9-कढ़ी, 10-साग-कढ़ी,
11-मठरी, 12-बड़ा, 13-कोणिका, 14- पूरी, 15-खजरा,
16-अवलेह, 17-वाटी, 18-सिखरिणी, 19-मुरब्बा, 20-मधुर,
21-कषाय, 22-तिक्त, 23-कटु पदार्थ, 24-अम्ल {खट्टा पदार्थ}, 25-शक्करपारा,
26-घेवर, 27-चिला, 28-मालपुआ, 29-जलेबी, 30-मेसूब,
31-पापड़, 32-सीरा, 33-मोहनथाल, 34-लौंगपूरी, 35-खुरमा,
36-गेहूं दलिया, 37-पारिखा, 38-सौंफ़लघा, 39-लड़्ड़ू, 40-दुधीरुप,
41-खीर, 42-घी, 43-मक्खन, 44-मलाई, 45-शाक,
46-शहद, 47-मोहनभोग, 48-अचार, 49-सूबत, 50-मंड़का,
51-फल, 52-लस्सी, 53-मठ्ठा, 54-पान, 55-सुपारी,
56-इलायची ।
Shrimati Usha Gupta who has a cooking blog says this much about this north Indian custom:
WHAT IS ‘ CHAPPAN BHOG’ ?
 IN EVERY HINDU HOUSE A TEMPLE IS THERE AND DAILY WORSHIP IS DONE. WHEN ‘FOOD’ IS OFFERED TO THE GOD, IT BECOMES ‘PRASAD’. WHEN 56 FIFTY SIX COURSE MEAL IS OFFERED TO THE GOD IT IS CALLED ‘ CHAPPAN BHOG’.  WHEN THE DEVOTEES OFFER BHOG TO
LORD KRISHNA ,AND THE  ITEMS LIKE FRUITS,
kHEER, PEDHA, MILK AND MANY MORE.
IN CHAPPAN BHOG, 56 DIFFERENT ITEMS
ARE OFFERED TO LORD SHREE KRISHNA.
“Prasad” is offered to the deity with chanting
of religious prayers. A part of it is put to the lips
of the idol as well.  This is called “Bhog Lagana”.
Some religious hymn is also sung like
“Aao bhog lagao mere Ramji”.
Small portions of the sanctified Prasad or
Prasadam  are offered to all the gathering
who take it in their extended palms…
As far as I Know the story belongs to Lord Krishna.
He used to take 8 meals a day. when he lifted
Govardhan parbat for 7 days he could not eat.
After 7 days when it was over and lord Indra
realised his mistake and surrendered.
People were and happy and offered Lord Krishna Bhojan
for what he had missed during the 7 days i.e. 7 x 8=56 .
so it was called 56 items Chappan Bhog.”
posted by DKM

 

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2 thoughts on “56 delicacies for Lord Krishna (chappan Bhog)”

  1. nice collection of cchappan Bhog menu , as we know cchappan bhog is special 56 menu in north India. these foods we offers to gods in week . please i want to know some information about Krishna idol type , and share it’s collection

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