Why is Durva grass offered to Lord Ganesha ? What is the significance of praying Ganesha with durva grass ?Can any other flower or leaves used as a substitute for this.
यो दूर्वाङ्कुरैर्यजति स वैश्रवणोपमो भवति । यो लाजैर्यजति स यशोवान् भवति । स मेधावान् भवति । यो मोदकसहस्रेण यजति स वाञ्छितफलमवाप्नोति । यस्साज्यसमिद्भिर्यजति स सर्वं लभते स सर्वं लभते ॥१६॥
16.1: He who worships (Ganapati) with tender Durva Grass will become Prosperous like Kubera, 16.2: He who worships (Ganapati) with Parched Rice will become Glorious (i.e. will have Name and Fame), 16.3: He will (also) become Medhavan (filled with Medha or retentive capacity of the mind), 16.4: He who worships (Ganapati) with thousand Modakas (a type of Sweetmeat), he willobtain his Desired Fruits, 16.5: He who worships (Ganapati) with Twigs dipped in Ghee, he obtains Everything, he obtains Everything,
Ganapati Atharvashirsha (Ganapati Upanishad)
The legend Of Analasura and Shree Ganesh -:
The Story Of Durva -: Once a demon named Analasura caused trouble in the heavens. He emitted fire from his eyes and destroyed whatever came in his way. The Gods frightened and asked Lord Ganesha’s help . Shree Ganesha assured them that He will finish off the demon and restore peace. In the faught with , Analasura attacking Lord Ganesha with fire Him. At that time Lord Ganesha, took the giant form and swallowed the demon . After this , Lord Ganesha felt extremely uneasy due to the heat inside His body. So, the moon came to His help and stood on Ganesha’s head. Thus, He was named ‘Bhaalachandra’ (भालचंद्र). Lord Vishnu gave His lotus to bring down the heat, Lord Shiva tied His cobra around Ganesha’s belly. But nothing could cure the heat. Finally, a few sages came with 21 durvas and placed it on Ganesha’s head. Miraculously, the heat went off. And thus Durva grass became dear to Shree Ganesha .So Lord Ganesha declared that whoever worships Him with durva grass will forever receive His blessings.
Sri Ganesh is easily pleased. Just by offering Him a little durva grass. (21 blades). According to Ayurveda Durva grass also has some medicinal properties.