What do we do when a child asks for the food laid for Neivaidhyam?Tamilnadu celebrates hundreds of festivals and every festival has hordes of delectable goodies.
We make kozhukattai(three varieties)for Varalakshmi Vrittam along with vadai,appam and payasam..Same for Ganesh chaturthi.
We make sheedai,murukku,appam,vadai,athirsam etc for Krishna Jayanthi.
The list goes on.
But my point is this.
When there are young children in the house and many elders or relatives around,when the Naivedhyam is offered to the Gods,the children(who are too young to understand that they cannot eat the naivedhyam but only the prasad) want to take a kozhukattai or vadai before it is offered to the Gods,how do we react?
Do we explain to them that they can eat only after the Gods have eaten? and make them wait and watch pathetically?
Or do we do the puja in a hurry so they can eat?
Or do we let them take a kozhukattai?
Or do we divert them and send them out of the room?
This is a question that has been rankling my mind for ages. So what do we do?